BY BUDDY NEVINS
Nan Rich’s “big” fundraiser was last night, a desperate bid to pump money into her gubernatorial campaign before the end of the third quarter reporting period.
The former state senator from Weston apparently asked every last friend she had in South Florida to give money.
Now that she has used up every card in her Rolodex, where does she go from here?
Surely not to the Governor’s Mansion.
Her Democratic campaign was still born. Its dead and the only Nan Rich seems not to know it.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist will file for office during the first two weeks of October, sucking all the air out of the Democratic race.
And the money.
The smart money is on Crist to win the Democratic primary. Then he has a 50-50 chance to win in November 2014 against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Since Florida Democrats have a history of committing political suicide, there is an ever-so-slight chance Rich could win the primary.
But Nan Rich can never, ever win a general election. This state isn’t ready for a liberal, Jewish, South Florida grandmother. Did I mention she was a liberal?
If the Progressives put down whatever they must be smoking, they would come to this realization: Nan Rich can not be elected Governor of Florida.
The lobbyists like Bernie Friedman and George Platt and the 150 or so who RSVPd to the fundraiser?
I have to laugh when I see Friedman quoted in Anthony Man’s piece in the Sun-Sentinel. Friedman, who actually knows something about politics as the former national head of the College Democrats, must have had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he said : ”People didn’t think Marco Rubio had a chance either.”
Friedman knows it is as simple as this: Rubio is an appealing, young pol that is to the right, which can win in Florida. Rich is a New York City born liberal, which can not win.
Friedman’s comments about Nan Rich can be explained easily. She carried a lot of water for him in Tallahassee.
Nan Helping Republicans
Another interesting aside:
The fundraiser was thrown by Howard and Julie Talenfeld. Howard is the name partner of a Republican-leaning law firm with a Tallahassee lobbying practice. While Howard was holding the fund raiser for Rich, the firm Colodny Fass has been pouring money into the coffers of Republican candidates, including giving $14,600 to the Republican Party of Florida.
Makes me wonder, since Republicans are the only ones who benefit by Rich continuing this money-wasting fight.
Makes me wonder, since Man’s story quotes Republican activist Justin Sayfie as saying, “To have so many prominent big-name Democrats financially supporting Nan Rich speaks to both the strength of her candidacy with Florida’s leading Democrats as well as a significant lack of support for former Republican Governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist.”
Can it be any clearer? Rich’s campaign helps Republicans.
So, instead of treating Nan Rich like some losing contestant on a TV quiz show and tossing her parting gifts, Democrats should have saved their money for the Crist campaign.
Where should Nan Rich go from here?
Nan needs to Stop. Do Not Pass Go? Do Not Collect $200 Dollars…from anybody, anymore.