Poll, barbecue, visit to sit-in protest all part of an ‘exciting week’ for Nan Richby George Bennett | July 29th, 2013
A Kitchens Group poll, a weekend Democratic barbecue and a Trayvon Martin-inspired sit-in protest were all part of an “exciting week” for Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich, a new fundraising appeal from Rich’s campaign says.
As the only Democrat actively campaigning for governor against Republican Rick Scott, Rich presents an early test of how explicit Democrats will be in seeking political advantage from outrage over the 2012 shooting death of Martin, Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law and a jury’s recent finding that George Zimmerman was not guilty in Martin’s death.
Rich voted for stand your ground in 2005, but says it has been twisted beyond legislators’ original intent and should be revised. She has also said she doesn’t believe the law was “determinant” in the Zimmerman verdict.
Rich sent out a July 19 fundraising pitch slamming stand your ground for allowing “criminals to get away with murder.” In an e-mail today titled “Our Exciting Week,” she mentions her Saturday visit to the Capitol sit-in organized by the group Dream Defenders.
“What an exciting week we had!” Rich’s e-mail begins. “Energized by great poll results that show us beating Gov. Scott by 10 points, met last week with supporters in Tampa, the Dream Defenders in the Capitol, and saw old friends and met new ones at the North Florida Democratic Club picnic. I wanted to quickly remind you about our fundraising deadline for this month…”