Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith mostly focused on pushing the Democratic agenda during his 30-minute talk at the annual AP forum, but he didn’t hold back when asked about the 2014 governor’s race.
The Fort Lauderdale resident said just about anybody from his party, including Charlie Crist, would be better that Gov. Rick Scott winning re-election.
“Gov. Scott has shown an inability to really bring the state together and to run the state well,” Smith said. “And so I think any gubernatorial candidate from the Democratic side will have a good shot at the next election.”
Smith describe the governor as a flip-flopper who is altering his policy stance in order to cull favor with voters. He used Scott’s proposal to giveteachers across-the-board pay raises as a prime example.
“You look at the 3 percent we’ve taken the last two years, so when you get at this $2,500 dollars it’s not a net gain for teachers because of what he’s done in the past, Smith said. “To have this sudden epiphany to me reeks of election year is coming."
Here are some other other highlights from Smith’s speech and the question-and-answer session that followed: