Florida’s last Democratic governor, Buddy MacKay, endorses ‘true Democrat’ Nan Rich over Cristby George Bennett | February 4th, 2014
Democrat Buddy MacKay, the lieutenant governor under Lawton Chiles who served a few weeks as governor after Chiles died in December 1998, has endorsed Nan Rich‘s Democratic primary bid for governor over heavy favorite Charlie Crist.
MacKay ran for governor in 1998 and was defeated by Republican Jeb Bush.
“We need a strong Democrat to lead Florida again, and Nan Rich is the one true Democrat in the race for governor,” MacKay said in a statement today. “I’ve known Nan since before she was first elected to the legislature. We worked together on many issues to improve the lives of children and families. In the legislature, we could always count on her to be an effective advocate for public schools, seniors, and social justice issues. Nan Rich has the skills and experience we need to lead Florida and get our state back on the right track. She has my support – and she’ll have my vote on Election Day.”
Rich, a former state Senator from Broward County, has struggled in fundraising and the polls against Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican in 2006 but became a Democrat in 2012.
“I’m sincerely honored to have the support of Governor MacKay,” Rich said. “Buddy MacKay and Lawton Chiles were visionary leaders who cared deeply about the working people of Florida. Florida was in far better shape under their stewardship than it has been ever since. As governor, I intend to pick up where they left off and lead Florida into a new era of prosperity – a Democratic era of a strong middle class and fairness for all.”