A while ago it was reported that former congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy were toying with the idea of entering the Florida Gubernatorial race as running mates to replace term-limited Governor Rick Scott. Both congressmen have recently embarked on a nationwide tour to discuss why the country is facing a congressional gridlock, but no formal announcement of their intended run has been made.
Now, former congresswoman Gwen Graham is weighing in on the idea, and she’s open to the idea of having a running mate from across the aisle.
In a statement, congresswoman Graham detailed that “I see my lieutenant governor selection as someone who’s going to be right by my side helping me get this state back on the right path. And so Patrick would certainly fit that definition, as would David, as would all the other candidates for governor on the Democratic ticket at the moment. So it’s really going to be for me a thorough analysis of who can bring the most to help make the biggest difference in the state of Florida.”
In response to her comments, state Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith attacked Graham for her appeal to bipartisanship. He explained that “It’s beyond frustrating that the self-described ‘very conservative’ Gwen Graham is already considering splitting the ticket to run with the GOP, especially with an energized Democratic base ready to vote Republicans out.”
In recent weeks, Gillum and Graham have gone back and forth with attacks as the race to replace Scott amps up.