BY BUDDY NEVINS
State Rep. Perry Thurston Jr. is the richest man in the poor house.
The poor house being the fund raising abilities of a Democratic statewide candidate.
Thurston of Plantation had much more money at the end of April than his Democratic primary opponent George Sheldon in the race for Florida Attorney General.
The Democrats’ campaign cash is insignificant compared to what Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has amassed — $1.2 million in her campaign after expenses.
Thurston had roughly $76,300 in cash on April 30. Sheldon, who raised twice as much as Thurston but spent almost all of it, had just under $5,400 left in his bank account.
What strikes me is that Sheldon, a former state House member from the Tampa Bay area, had fund raising to himself for 60 days. Thurston was prohibited by Florida House rules from accepting donations during the two-month legislative session which ended May 2.
Yet instead of banking the almost 70k he raised during those two months, Sheldon spent it.
One thing is clear to any rational political observer. The contribution reports are a vivid example of why Democrats have a hard time winning statewide. They are also a powerful picture of why Thurston’s (and Sheldon’s) quest for the Attorney General makes Don Quixote look like a realist in comparison.