On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers” program, Miami Herald Capital Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Trimmel Gomes to discuss recent developments in news and politics, including the latest in the high-power gubernatorial battle between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.
With less than a year to go before the election, a new poll shows Crist leading Scott by seven percentage points, down from Crist’s 16-point lead in March. “I think some of the negative advertising that the Republican Party and the governor have been doing is working,” Klas tells Gomes. “People are having a less favorable opinion of Charlie Crist.” With former state Sen. Nan Rich maintaining her gubernatorial campaign and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson keeping alive the possibility of running, Klas says it’s all up to Crist to show Democrats that he can raise enough funds to remain competitive against the incumbent. “If he’s raising a lot, I think that will discourage Nan from continuing,” Klas said, “and it may encourage Bill Nelson that he has less to worry about and he may leave Charlie Crist alone.” During the discussion, Klas also addresses the fallout from Florida Republican Congressman Henry “Trey” Radel’s guilty plea for cocaine possession and Florida’s growing support for medical marijuana use.
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