The speculation on Senator Marco Rubio’s potential run for the White House is not only stimulating conversations in the Florida GOP ranks, but that run may be a potential cause for divisiveness in ranks of the Florida Democrats.
In talk held behind closed doors, it is being rumoured that current Representative for Florida’s 23 District, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is giving significant thought to stepping up to make a bid for the US Senate, should Rubio decide to vie for the GOP Presidential Nomination. Names also being thrown into the mix are Wasserman Schultz’s fellow Florida Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-21) and Patrick Murphy (FL-18). Not to be left out, insiders close to Former Republican Governor-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist could also be considering another attempt at a U.S. Senate run. (And no, he is not switching to the “Green Party”, at least not according to our sources… ) According to Democrat Campaign Strategist Steven Geller during Christ’s gubernatorial run “Charile has always been a Democrat at heart”.
More than any other arena, politics seems to be a place where the participants start to believe their own legend- it extends from as far down as the local clubs to the highest offices, and rarely does it benefit the participant. In the case of Wasserman Schultz, there can be no doubt that she has a great deal of clout, but over the years she’s also sliced for herself a significantly large piece of the “misspeak” pie. From her outright denials of videoed statements, to her inflammatory word selections in speeches, the Congresswoman and DNC Chair could have a hard time against other candidates, should they decide to employ a strategic use of Google.
Congressman Patrick Murphy has been portrayed as something of a “giant killer” by his victory over Former Congressman Allen West, as well as his popularity in a district that is decidedly more “right leaning” than much of South Florida. Unfortunately for Rep. Murphy, his district is not the whole state, and the potential for “who’s this guy?” at the ballot box might be final tally in his future, should he decide to make a play for the U.S. Senate.
Representative Ted Deutch is the mild-mannered, mildly spoken, Mister Rogers-y candidate that may be in the mix, and it is precisely this ‘blandness’ which makes him a potential choice for the Democrat offerings. He doesn’t really seem to have a strong stance on …well… anything, which would make any potential attacks from the other candidates less likely to hit the mark, while simultaneously making him less appealing to the voting public.
By comparison, Former Governor and now perennial candidate Charlie Crist has so many “strong” stances, from so many parties, that watching the other candidates quote his past statements may be akin to watching an especially intense tennis match. Though name recognition and ballot position may be of minor assistance to Charlie, it is unlikely that voters from either party will forget that at some point he has been a member of the other party. Sorry Charlie!
Regardless of which Democrat candidates get in to the race if Rubio throws his hat into the presidential race, winning the party nomination will mean a trip around the jousting pit for each of the candidates, and it is unlikely that any of the candidates will be blunting their lances. That competition might be yet another dividing wedge in a fracturing Democrat party line. It’s still early in the season, maybe there will be a few more to jump in to the race (somebody should probably let Nan Rich know). At least, that’s the way I see it – hopefully you’ll be watching this one too!