Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith wrote this afternoon that former Sen. Nan Rich “barely passes the threshold of viability,” citing her limited fundraising efforts. Smith notes that though the primary is still ten months out, she has raised less in her statewide race than St. Pete Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman raised for a municipal campaign.
Some speculate that money has been slow to trickle in because Charlie Crist’s looming presence has divided Democratic donors. She acknowledges this disadvantage but vies to run a low-cost grassroots campaign driven by activists and volunteers. Rich likens her campaign to those of Lawton Chiles and Reubin Askew, who intentionally eschewed large donations and soft money. Pundits wonder aloud if such a campaign is still possible in post-Citizens United Florida.
We reserve judgment on that matter but we want to know what you think.