JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Chairman of the Duval Democratic Party is making the case for why he thinks former Florida governor Charlie Crist should beat Governor Rick Scott in next year’s gubernatorial election.
Neil Henrichsen tells WOKV exclusively that Crist considers all the best interests of Floridians, “and not just the interests of one percent, which I think is exactly what Rick Scott has brought to Tallahassee.”
He says Governor Rick Scott has shifted from a supporter of the “radical Tea Party movement” to a more moderate position.
“We’ve seen what [the Tea Party] have done,” Henrichsen says. “They’ve cost our government twenty-four billion dollars.”
WOKV heard from Lenny Curry, the Chairman of the Florida GOP, who says that since Governor Scott has taken office there have been 365,000 jobs created in Florida.
“The President’s policies have caused the economy to get better in this state,” Henrichsen says. “He’s taking credit for that.”
He also says Governor Scott has failed to deliver on his promise of more jobs in Florida than there are now.
“It’s telling that he’s taking credit for jobs that – in the normal course – he said he wouldn’t count when he came into office.”
Henrichsen believes Crist is a “genuine leader who has demonstrated leadership in Tallahassee.” He sees Crist’s switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party as “courageous.”
“When he recognized what was best for the people, as opposed what was best for his party, he did the right thing and left the Republican Party,” Henrichsen says. “Charlie Crist saw that the Republican Party was of the radical right, and he didn’t want to be part of that. And he wanted what’s best for the people and he switched parties to the Democratic Party.”
Henrichsen says Crist considers all the interests of Floridians.
“And not just the interests of one percent, which I think is exactly what Rick Scott has brought to Tallahassee.”