Sen. Ring, Possible Candidate for Governor, Recovering From Open Heart Surgery


State Sen. Jeremy Ring of Parkland, who statewide Democrats consider a potential gubernatorial candidate, is recovering from open heart surgery.

Ring, 41, was operated on at Holy Cross Hospital last Wednesday.  He is at home.


Jeremy Ring

The surgery was designed to correct “rare” congenital defects, including a flawed heart valve, Ring told

Reached today, Ring said he would be sidelined until October.  He said he would do “some” work from home.

“I have my first conference call scheduled for tonight (Monday, five days after the surgery),” he said in a strong voice.

First elected in 2006 to represent Northwest Broward, Ring is a former Yahoo! Marketing executive who largely self-financed his campaign. He had the second highest net worth in the Senate in the 2011 state disclosure – about $17.9 million.

State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, a founder of the hospice care company VITAS, is the richest senator with a net worth of nearly $25.5 million.

He is the chairman of the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee and co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining.

Ring is one of a handful of Democrats who are considered possible candidates to run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.   Another possible candidate is state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, who leaning towards beginning a campaign.

Although both are Democrats, Ring is considered by many to be more moderate than Rich, who is the Senate Democratic Leader.

Some Democrats see former Gov. Charlie Crist as the party’s savior in 2014. A Republican turned independent, Democrats are hoping Crist will become a member of their party and run against Scott.

8 Responses to “Sen. Ring, Possible Candidate for Governor, Recovering From Open Heart Surgery”

  1. Mohammed R says:

    As a registered democrat I would strongly support Charlie Crist. I worked for him for his senate bid back in 2010. I think Ring is a republican in disguise. I say this because he voted with republicans in the Senate almost all of the times. Ring voted to cut 3% from public employees pay check for FRS being democrat – a good example of democrat for convenience because he knows that he will not win from Broward if he show his real picture – A republican.

    Nan Rich is not a good fit for Governor she lacks the experience and skills necessary to do the job


  2. Stepping Stone Charile says:

    Just what we need, a RINO turning into a DINO because that’s where he expects his votes to come from. The new name for Charlie will be “Washing Machine Charlie,” (from the enemy pilot strafing the 4077 M.A.S.H.) It seems that Charlie will launder his beliefs on issues for votes.

  3. Broward Voter says:

    Let me try to follow your logic there Mohammed. We should not vote for Ring because he is a closet Republican. Instead, we should vote for Crist because he’s a true Democrat? And Nan Rich, who has done more for this state than Crist and Ring combined lacks experience? Did I get that right?

  4. ExCompassionate Conservative says:

    I met Sen Ring a few years ago in a Parkland town hall meeting. I found him suprisingly different and full of commmon sense about business and government. At that time I though that every Democrat was a wild eyed terroist symp with a copy Of Das Kapital in their back pocket. I hope he recovers well from his surgery and I look forward to seeing him again.

  5. Patti Lynn says:

    Politics aside, Senator…Get Well!!!

  6. Woody72 says:

    Ring would be a terrible choice, he’s a nice guy but the man has completely lost the ability to think and speak for himself. In an open forum two years ago I asked a simple question about the choices that are being made to reduce spending. His answer was ten minutes worth of the party line about everything but the question I had asked. Candidates like Ring are how Republicans get elected.

  7. Git R Done says:

    OMG, ugh!!!

  8. PHATBlackChick says:

    Woody72, I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Thank goodness for term limits!