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The Year In Florida Politics

The Year In Florida Politics


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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If there was one word to report Florida’s year in politics that word would be expensive.

The Governor’s competition between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist was a costliest in a nation – with scarcely $100 million spent – many of it on disastrous TV ads.

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But in existence all anyone is going to remember from a choosing is a discuss over a fan. For several mins conjunction Crist nor Scott seemed on theatre for a televised discuss hosted by CBS4 News. The issue: Charlie Crist’s enterprise to have a tiny fan blow cold atmosphere adult his leg.

Scott pronounced such a zephyr was opposite a rules. Crist pronounced it wasn’t.

Ultimately, Fan-gate blew over. And in November, Rick Scott kick Charlie Crist by only 64,000 votes.

It was a overwhelming and romantic feat for Scott.

“Of march we can’t forget about my mom,” Scott pronounced on choosing night. “She upheld away, yet we wouldn’t be here yet my mom and we wish to appreciate her for all yet we won’t speak a lot since i would substantially get too emotional.”

For Crist – a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat – a detriment might good symbol a finish of his domestic career.

“I will never forget you, we will always be gladdened to you, we are a many smashing friends a authority could ever wish for,” he said. “God magnify we all and God magnify a pleasing Florida.”

More than $14 million was spent on a Congressional competition between obligatory Joe Garcia and his Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo

Curbelo’s feat might be short-lived. Democrats already have their sights set on winning a chair back. For now, though, Curbelo is focused.

“We need to remodel a government, we need an economy that will grow and advantage everyone, not only some people during a top,” he said. “And I’m going to DC to quarrel for taxation reform, to quarrel for immigration remodel and to quarrel for other supervision reforms that will assistance us all do better.”

Garcia pronounced he’s not finished with politics

“I will never be finished with South Florida,” he said. “There is always a hurl for a citizen to play in a democracy.”

It was also a large year for mayor’s to be on trial.

Former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina and his mother were transparent on taxation semblance and Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi was found not guilty of holding bribes.

But there was no happy finale for North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau and Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman – any were convicted in apart cases.

Sweetwater Mayor Manny Morono skipped a hearing altogether, beg guilty and went to jail start a 3 year jail term.

And in Broward former School Board member Stephanie Kraft was convicted this year of central misconduct.

On a some-more certain note, Broward County Commissioners comparison a new mayor – Tim Ryan.

This year a Miami-Dade County Commission took a transparent change to a left, with a choosing of magnanimous Daniella Levine Cava.

The county elect also saw a appointment of Jean Monestine, as a initial Haitian-American chairman.

And of march a biggest domestic story of a year was Jeb Bush’s preference to actively try a run for a White House in in 2016. And let’s not forget Marco Rubio – he’s also gripping his options open. Which should make subsequent year really engaging to watch.


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