Former Governor Buddy MacKay Endorses Nan Rich

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Just last week Buddy MacKay was one the subjects of our Thursday Bookshelf column describing his courageous fights with reactionary elements in our state. MacKay who was one of the most thoughtful and forward-thinking Florida officeholders  from the 1970s to the 1990s today endorsed Nan Rich for Governor of Florida.

While I am somewhat surprised MacKay made this endorsement this early, I am not surprised he has chosen to not support Charlie Crist. As we’ve described previously on this site, Crist was a thorn in the side of the Chiles/MacKay administration throughout much of his Senate tenure, and tended to act more as a partisan show-horse than actual conservative ideologue who opposed the administration for substantive reasons.

“For the past 16 years, under 3 Republican governors, our state has been led down a right-wing, ideological path that has worked against teachers and public education, dismantled growth management and put our environmental resources in jeopardy, ignored the needs of our elderly and at risk children, and abandoned the middle class in favor of tax breaks for the rich and major corporations,” Governor MacKay stated in a prepared release from the Rich campaign.


“We need a strong Democrat to lead Florida again, and Nan Rich is the one true Democrat in the race for governor.  I’ve known Nan since before she was first elected to the legislature.  We worked together on many issues to improve the lives of children and families.  In the legislature, we could always count on her to be an effective advocate for public schools, seniors, and social justice issues.   Nan Rich has the skills and experience we need to lead Florida and get our state back on the right track.  She has my support – and she’ll have my vote on Election Day.”

“I’m sincerely honored to have the support of Governor MacKay,” Senator Rich said.  “Buddy MacKay and Lawton Chiles were visionary leaders who cared deeply about the working people of Florida.  Florida was in far better shape under their stewardship than it has been ever since.  As governor, I intend to pick up where they left off and lead Florida into a new era of prosperity – a Democratic era of a strong middle class and fairness for all.”

For those of us who still look back fondly on the Chiles/MacKay years and rue what has happened to our state since 1999, this endorsement means a great deal. Whether it actually moves support is another matter as Florida is highly transient, and many Democrats have no recollection of the battles during the 1990s.

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  1. Patti Lynn · ·

    Basically, Governor McKay is telling Florida Democrats that candidate NAN RICH supports them and the Democratic values in which they believe. He is also saying that Charlie Crist is not to be trusted. I heartily agree with Governor McKay!!

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    1. Take a poll of intelligent people.

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      1. Well, with that illogical comment, you took yourself right out of said poll 🙂

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      2. In addition, you assume only intelligent people vote. Again, a poll like that would be highly illogical. If you asked a polling question “are you intelligent”, who would answer no to that?

        I think that you lack a basic perception of grasping reality. You do decision-based fact-making. I am the opposite. Wish what you want to come true does not mean it will become true. Use logic, my friend, use logic.

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      3. Dave, I’m just playing with you. Don’t take everything so seriously. Here’s a joke. Why did Chicken Charlie cross the road? He didn’t cross the road. The side he was on just moved away from him. LOL

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      4. You took everything else so seriously, I thought you were still continuing. Joke accepted!!! 🙂

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  2. I’m surprised that you are surprised Governor McKay is supporting Nan Rich. Your article tells what Nan Rich stands for and what Crist did against the working class citizens of Florida. I remember Lawton Chiles/Buddy McKay and the good times Florida shared under their administration. How much more recapping of Crist’s antics while in the legislature does it take for democrats to remember he was an “obstructionist” back then.

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    1. I’m not surprised…just surprised the endorsement came so early which says a lot.

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  3. Why doesn’t the media point out that Crist keeps saying that he hasn’t changed, the Republican Party changed? That would mean that he still considers himself a Republican.

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    1. Right Susan and MacKay’s statement makes it very clear he still thinks of Crist as a Republican. Several veiled references to Crist in his commentary.

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but to me Buddy MacKay’s endorsement is very meaningful. Again that’s a personal thing. As I said above in this transient state where institutional memory is lacking (Something Republicans and corporate oriented Democrats have been able to take advantage of) so many Democrats who don’t know better times or when we had real leadership in our party will dismiss this. But for those of us who have been around, this is the ultimate endorsement. Buddy MacKay to me personally was the single greatest Florida officeholder in the 1990s with the greatest vision for the state. Even more so than Chiles whom I also admired. His defeat for Governor largely caused by so many disloyal Democrats who were either bought off or wanted to be on the “winning side” is what really sent our state tumbling towards disaster.

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    2. A Ronald Reagan And Jeb Bush Republican.

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  4. So you are admitting CC was not a conservative but merely partisan? Funny you seem to drone on about his bad votes and previous positions.

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    1. I honestly think that if Crist had opposed Chiles and Mackay based on conviction and ideology they’d have had more respect for him. But in the 1990s Crist was viewed as a self promoting show horse by colleagues, the press and the administration. No one respected his views or believed he believed in anything but himself at the time.

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      1. Patti Lynn · ·

        Actually…NOTHING has changed regarding chain gang Charlie…he is still a self promoting show horse!!

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  5. Every Rastafarian I’ve met endorse Nan.

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  6. Oh if only we could go back to the 1970-1990’s! The reality is simply this is 2014 and we have a destructive Republican Governor with poor approval ratings ready to spend a minimum of $100+ million to get re-elected.

    Our options are one a former Republican Governor, now a newly registered Democrat with nearly total name recognition , strong financial support who possess a not so good record on progressive issues. Option two is a former longtime liberal state senator who has been a champion of progressive ideals but who has yet to gain any significant financial or public support.

    All the liberal political chatter and pining for a return to the good old days of the 1970-1990’s as well as endorsements from former Governors and political junkies aside, the ultimate question for Democrats is who do you think has the BETTER chance of winning in November 2014 against Rick Scott?

    Pretty obvious to me…..is Charlie perfect, hell no, but he’s really our only serious chance to send Rick Scott back to Naples. It’s time for Democrats to wake up before we find we’re stuck with Rick Scott and the right-wing GOP legislature for another four years.

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    1. Let’s send Scott back to Illinois or wherever he came from. I don’t want him in Naples either 🙂 We reminisce about the 70s to 90s but Scott wasn’t even here then!

      It says a great deal about or state that we would elect a carpetbagger governor. Someone who did not even live in this state eight years earlier.

      I agree Crist is preferable to Scott. But Rich is preferable to Crist. Let’s see how this plays out.

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      1. I’d be a bit careful of who you’re calling a “carpetbagger”……a significant portion of Florida’s population have been residents of Florida for a similar amount of time as Rick Scott.

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      2. I will vote for Crist against Scott. But in the primary, Nan Rich will get my vote. As far as the “carpetbagger” label, those newer Florida residents didn’t decide to run for the state’s highest office within six years of moving here and then show no respect nor intellectual curiosity about the state once governing, thus rapping the state by running it like a “business” (such a tired Republican term). Both Crist and Rich are Floridians. Scot is not. I don’t want to insult new residents. I just don’t think you put them in charge of the state with ZERO background to do so.

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    2. Patti Lynn · ·

      Actually, NAN RICH has an excellent chance of beating Scott. Would YOU not vote for her if she was running against Scott????

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      1. Of course I’d vote for her if she’s the Democrat nominee, hell I might even vote for her in the primary if she gets that far. A reverse question to you Crist haters…..will you vote for Charlie if he is the Democrat nominee? Or will you sit on your hands not vote and help Rick Scott win?

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      2. Patti Lynn · ·

        As a Democrat, I would vote for Charlie Crist if he was the Democratic nominee. I’d hate it, I’d believe that, at his foirst opportunity, he’s going to do something to show that he’s only in it for himself, but, yes. I’m sure every Nan Rich supporter feels the same way. NAN RICH for GOVERNOR.

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  7. One loser backing another. Who cares!!!???

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  8. Dems in Action · ·

    Money doesn’t always buy elections, but lying does. It appears that the good people of Florida just don’t inform themselves. Nan Rich is a viable candidate and we are working hard to get her name and credentials out to the public. I have no time for people who say it can’t be done. They said that about Lawton Chiles too.

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    1. Patti Lynn · ·

      THANK YOU Dems in Action!!! NAN RICH for GOVERNOR !!!!

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  9. Patti Lynn · ·

    DCW That should have been FIRST opportunity!! Although, where I grew up, it often sounded like foirst!!

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  10. Charlie is running from Nan like the coward that he is. He was afraid of Scott, and Rubio and look what happened.

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