Governor’s Race Will Be About Jeb Bush’s Legacy; Do Voters Want Change?

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Jeb Bush isn’t running for reelection in November because of term limits, but the race is still going to be all about him.

Now the primary’s over, Republican nominee Charlie Crist will be campaigning hard to carry on bush’s legacy.

Democratic primary winner Jim Davis will do the exact opposite, pointing out the places where he thinks Florida needs a new direction.

Davis says he plans to make insurance reform and changes to the FCAT his big campaign issues in his bid to be Florida’s next governor.

Dems like Karen Thurman, the chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, thinks many voters believe current leaders haven’t done enough to solve the insurance crisis.

“We need new leadership in Florida.”

And as far as the FCAT goes, Thurman says Davis’ team is pledging to end eight years of using the test to dole out rewards and punishment to school districts.

“They want to use it as a diagnostic tool and not a grade of a school failing.”

But Jeb Bush has some of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country right now, and Republicans are banking that a majority of voters want to keep his policies in place.

State Republican Party Chairman Carole Jean Jordan says Jeb Bush is planning to fly around the state with Charlie Crist this week and their message will be clear.

“What you are really going to see is the continuation of leadership under the policies set forth by Jeb Bush.

The big question is whether that’s what the voters want, and it probably will go down to the wire. The race is likely to be much closer than it was in 2002.


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