By JAVIER MANJARRESFlorida Governor Rick Scott and members of his cabinet are racking in big dollars, as they gear up for a very competitive 2014 mid-term election. Well, maybe not so competitive for Bondi, Atwater, or Putnam, but definitively for Governor Scott, considering that he is public enemy ‘numero uno’ to the Democratic Party.
The Associated Press is reporting that Scott’s campaign committee-Let’s Get to Work- has raised a total of $14 million since the summer of 2011.
The only announced Democratic Gubernatorial is State Senator Nan Rich, who raised a whopping $39,000 this past campaign finance reporting cylcle, compared to Scott’s piddly $4.1 million. (Sarcasm)
To date, Rich has raised $160,000 for her left-of-left Democratic gubernatorial campaign, but with low fundraising numbers like these, expect Charlie Crist and Alex Sink to amp up their campaign rhetoric, and move to jump into the race, as expected.
All of the talk of a possible contentious Republican gubernatorial primary has been put to bed. Three Republicans, Speaker Will Weatherford, CFO Jeff Atwater, and AG Commissioner Adam Putman, who were all thought could possibly challenge Rick Scott have all affirmed that they would not, and are completely supportive of his re-election efforts.
Speculation continues to mount that former Gov. Charlie Crist will run for his old job as a Democrat. But he has not yet officially joined the race.
Crist, who was elected in 2006 as a Republican, already has considerable name recognition and can afford to stay out of the race for now. But the longer he does it will give Scott a chance to keep building up his campaign accounts.-AP
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has raised $600,000, while CFO Jeff Atwater has amounted a war chest of $400,000. Bondi has just recently announced, and is expected to raise similar fundraising totals as Putnam and Atwater.
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