Tom Gallagher Enters Race for Governor

The race for governor got more crowded Wednesday. State Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher made his intentions official. His race for the states top job was expected, but his emphasis was a surprise.

Six-year-old Charlie Gallagher filed the paperwork that made his father’s candidacy for governor official.

Minutes later, Tom Gallagher stressed his experience. "I’m better prepared now to lead than ever, and I’m better prepared to define what I believe is the state’s future."

But family is the card Tom Gallagher is playing in this race. His two likely opponents for the GOP nomination Charlie Crist and Toni Jennings are both single.

Gallagher calls his family his strength.

“I can tell you that it’s a great advantage to me personally. There is nothing better than having a wife and a child that support you."

He also is advocating a constitutional amendment.

"It defines the institution of marriage as a union between a man and a woman."

Unless GOP insiders can convince one of the heavyweights in the race for Governor to switch to, say the U.S. Senate race, this primary will be the bloodiest and the most expensive that the Republicans have ever seen."

Current Gov. Jeb Bush says whoever is in must have a fire.

"You have to have it in your heart, and you have to do it hard. It’s got to be what you really want."

Gallagher has officially made the governor’s race twice before. Both times his image as a single playboy torpedoed the campaign.


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