BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Democratic nomination for governor next year is getting easier for Charlie Crist.
Orlando Buddy Dyer slipped his decision not to run into the end of his “State of the City” address yesterday. The Democrat told a city hall crowd that too much remained to be done in the city.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, also a Democrat, has been telling supporters he wasn’t running, according to two sources who say they talked directly to him.
Seiler said in an e-mail, “Nothing official yet.”
Alex Sink, the 2010 losing Democratic candidate for governor? Yesterday’s story.
Former State Sen. Nan Rich of Weston is the only Democrat running so far. Pundits and big-money Democrats don’t give her much chance.
That leaves Charlie Crist, the former governor who clearly wants his job back.
Although hasn’t formally declared for office yet, Crist now has little real opposition for the Democratic nomination.
How does that leave the Democrats?
Not in the greatest shape, according to a recent poll.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s shift to the middle – embracing Obamacare and recommending more money for education and teacher’s pay – appears to be paying off.
Crist and Scott are tied 41 percent to 41 percent.
Other potential Democratic candidates do worse. Scott sinks Sink 43-14 percent.
The findings indicate what I wrote previously: With unlimited resources, endless access to free media and the power of the governor’s mansion, Scott will be hard to beat.
Maybe that’s why Dyer decided not to take him on. And Seiler is spreading the word he won’t run.