Over the last two weeks, we haven’t been able to put up our “Person of the Week”. This is mostly because of the holidays as well as events happening in Florida politics, which many of you might be following. We noticed that we haven’t mentioned anyone over the last two weeks, so we figured that we would do that now.
Person of the Week for Dec 23rd through 29th: Bill McBride - Over the last few weeks, many in the Democratic Party have been telling their stories of Bill McBride. Some have been stories about his service to our country. Some have told personal stories. Everything that has been said about Mr. McBride shows that he was a caring man. People even noticed on the campaign trail that he had a soft-spoken demeanor which came across as caring and understanding.
During and after the 2002 race for governor, many criticized the tactics of Mr. McBride. But since his passing, many people have told us about the Mr. McBride that we didn’t know. In a time where the Florida Democratic Party is divided along many different lines, Mr. McBride has been able to help unite us, even if only for a short time. Unfortunately, his passing is what helped us unite.
Rest in Peace, Mr. McBride.
Person of the Week for Dec 30th through Jan. 5th :Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda - Many were expecting there to be some controversial bills to be filed in the Florida Legislature last week. But Tallahassee representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda shocked everyone with the filing of a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the State of Florida. Rehwinkel Vasilinda has always been a moderate on many issues, and her introduction of this bill was a nice change of pace. While the bill itself will more than likely not pass, or even make it to the floor for a vote, it is nice to see that someone is looking at the death penalty in Florida in this manner.
“The appropriate question for state government is how do we keep people safe from crime in the most cost effective way? When you analyze the numbers, state sponsored execution is not the correct answer,” says Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda according to CapitolSoup.com.
In a time where Democratic legislators, especially those that are north of I-4, are afraid to rock the boat with any new, progressive legislation, it is nice to see Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda stand up for progressive values.