We’ve spent a lot of time the past several weeks criticizing Democratic leaders for their continued failures in the areas of candidate recruitment, message development and targeting. But the Democrats seem to be getting an assist from Governor Rick Scott whose continued unpopularity is putting far more legislative seats in play than the Democrats have targeted or even thought about contesting seriously.In mnay seats self recruited Democrats may suddenly find themselves with an opportunity to win thanks to Scott’s continued unpopularity.
The latest Q-poll out today give the following assessment.
“Voters disapprove 48 – 35 percent of the job Gov. Rick Scott is doing, continuing a 16- month string of negative ratings. “
While President Obama and Senator Nelson hold narrow leads in the state currently, where Scott’s poor numbers could really bite the GOP is in state legislative races. The decision of many Republicans in the Florida House to vote lockstep with the Scott agenda, a slavish like obedience to a master that many Republicans did not show to either Jeb Bush or Charlie Crist can be leveraged effectively to benefit Democratic challengers throughout the state. The culture of cronyism and corruption has become a staple of Rick Scott’s Tallahassee, and the Democrats can effectively attack this. Much like Soviet Russia, Florida has become a one party state with the same type of arrogant leadership and issues of corruption that became a trademark of communist states. The GOP has won 13 of the last 14 elections for statewide office in Florida, a record unmatched in any other state east of the Mississippi.
Florida’s Democrats have a remarkable opportunity to revive the two-party Democratic system in this state while clearly defining itself as a party for future elections. Rick Scott’s unpopularity due to his arrogance, corruption and commitment to crony capitalism has to be the primary issue this election cycle for Democrats. The big question is will the FDP and many local DECs organize and attack Rick Scott’s Republicans on these issues or continue to fiddle while Rome burns as they have done for over a decade?