Jimmy Morales, Former County Commissioner, Considering Run For Governor Against Rick Scott
With Rick Scott's dismal approval ratings, Democrats from all corners of the state are salivating over the chance to take him on in 2014. Jimmy Morales, the former chairmen of the Miami-Dade County Commission and the man who lost the mayoral race to Carlos Alvarez in 2004, has announced he's mulling over the possibility of throwing his hat into the ring.
"We've got to put some new faces out there, and we've got to reach out to new constituencies," Morales told the Buzz.
And Morales would certainly be a fresh face in state-level politics, and that could make him a long shot. Democratic Senate Leader Nan Rich of Broward has already entered the race. Alex Sink, the Dems' 2010 candidate, is widely expected to at least consider entering the race, and there's always the oddball chance that former Gov. Charlie Crist would make his conversion complete and officially become a Democrat to seek the nomination.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result," Morales says, perhaps taking aim at the possibility of a second Sink campaign. "I'm leaning very heavily in the direction of making this move."
Morales is of half Cuban and half Puerto Rican decent, and that however does makes him stand out. Florida Democrat's have had troubles recently reaching out to Hispanic voters, and have made little efforts to run Hispanic candidates in state-wide races.
Though, Morales might not quite be ready for the top of the ticket. His last political effort was losing the mayoral race to Alvarez by 10 points, and unlike Scott he doesn't have millions in his own money to burn on a campaign. However, he might make a good addition somewhere on the ticket, perhaps as a lieutenant governor or attorney general candidate.
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