New Dem running mate Rod Smith: Florida ‘needs to be changed now’by George Bennett | August 19th, 2010
Democratic governor candidate Alex Sink formally introduced former state Sen. Rod Smith as her running mate today at a crowded Police Benevolent Association hall in West Palm Beach.
Smith, an attorney, said his oldest son, who’s also an attorney, was busy this morning “explaining to judges why I won’t be there for the next several weeks and months.”
“And years,” added Sink.
Smith pounded hard on the economy and on the fact that Republicans have effectively controlled the legislature since 1996 and the governor’s mansion since 1998 (except for the past four months, when Gov. Charlie Crist shed his GOP affiliation to go independent).
“It’s time Florida changes and it needs to be changed now,” Smith said.
“If Florida ever needed this economy managed, if we ever needed to be creating jobs, if we ever needed to be helping families who are feeling the pressure of what’s going on in this economy, it’s now and we’ve got the right ticket and we’ve got the right person at the top of it. Alex Sink will deal with this economy,” Smith said.
“They’ve been in control for 14 years,” Smith said of the GOP. “If you believe we need to change the direction, it’s time to give us a chance to go to Tallahassee and provide a new direction of leadership.”
Asked about announcing her running mate five days before the Aug. 24 primary, Sink said:
“We have a lot of work to do. Obviously next Wednesday we’ll know who the Republican nominee is, and I didn’t want to be distracted by engaging in a lieutenant governor selection process after the primary. We have our team together. I wanted my team to be together so we have incredible momentum going into the general election.”
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