Boots Are Made For Walkin'
In an excitin’ bit of news this weekend, Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, announced that he is preparing to follow in his father’s footsteps and throw his hat into the ring in Florida’s upcoming gubernatorial election. Pardon me while I do a little two-step.
Apparently Bud hasn’t been too thrilled with what he’s heard from the current Democratic candidate, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink.
Sink, who formerly worked as the President of Bank of America’s Florida operations, is currently behind in the polls against the potential Republican candidate, State Attorney General Bill McCollum. And as McCollum’s attack ads have already begun blamin’ Sink for the loss of oodles of Florida jobs, chances are her poll numbers will only sink further down than the black Florida mud.
If Lawton can pull the financing together in time, he could stand a strong chance at beating McCollum and walkin’ in the famous footsteps of his daddy.
Former Governor “Walkin’” Lawton Chiles was a political force not to be reckoned with. He never lost an election durin’ his 40 year career in civil service. His straight forward speech and obvious dedication to his beliefs often won him bipartisan support, even by the Republican Florida legislature.
During his campaigns, good ol’ Walkin’ Lawton literally walked all over the state to introduce himself and interact with his constituents, from whom he never took more than a $100 donation. He made a point to show he valued the opinions of those folks tucked away in little Panhandle towns like Quincy and Baker just as much as those from the big cities of Miami and Tallahassee. And he fought hard for the issues that all of those folks ever deemed important.
Bud has demonstrated that, like his father, he will fight hard for issues in this state. His biggest battle bein’ Florida’s failing education system, for which he did some of his own walkin’. He has the advantage of name recognition and likely would be strongly supported by Florida voters old enough to remember the wonder that was his dear old dad. And, if we’re lucky, he could prove to be just as great of a governor.
Perhaps, now it’s Bud’s turn to show us all just how much his boots were made for walkin’.