Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried certainly has her fans – marijuana activists, young people, out-of-state “resistance” types and those who like quixotic, narcissistic and impulsive candidates (perhaps they want a Democratic version of President Trump?).
Here at TFS, we believed Senator Annette Taddeo would make the best Democratic candidate for Governor. We also like Governor Charlie Crist, and I personally am someone who has watched him since 1995, so do know the entirety of his record as both a GOPer and a Democrat. People evolve and change with time, and quite frankly Crist was never that conservative (though he was, unfortunately, very partisan during the Chiles years) – particularly as Attorney General where I’d say he was actually quite a good public servant.
Senator Taddeo has done what is best for the party, shifting to the CD-27 race where Congresswoman Salazar is among the most vulnerable GOPers in the US House. The other Democratic candidate, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell is someone, that I would not personally support or ever endorse, so this is a great move for the party.
Back to Commissioner Fried, who is a train wreck as we’ve pointed out on these pages for a year or more. While Fried has characterized herself as a loyal Democrat when compared to former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, the reality is Fried has supported GOPers much more recently than Crist, who left the GOP in April 2010. In fact, she’s supported some of the WORST GOPers currently or recently in office in this state.
Fried has openly backed the likes of Joe Negron, Manny Diaz Jr, and Ashley Moody among many others in the era that Charlie Crist has been a Democrat. Fried has also not been the champion for consumers or the environment we had hoped she’d be, when we supported her in 2018. If anything, Governor DeSantis is actually better on some of those issues than her (what’s the point of backing a Democrat then?).
Instead of rehashing old narratives, we’ll link all our previous articles with concerns about Fried below and say, the time has come for her to withdraw from the Governor’s race, so Democrats can unite behind Charlie Crist and start to define Ron DeSantis’ growing theocracy for what it is. The Florida Democratic leadership needs to come together to force Fried’s hand on this, and perhaps it’s not too late for her to run for Ag Commissioner again – because the idea of a Wilton Simpson-run DOACS is horrifying.