Folks like Mike Haridopolos are lining up to oust moderate sounding, liberal voting incumbent Bill Nelson.
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But it won’t be easy. Nelson is a low-key fellow who speaks with a disarming, good-ole-boy drawl. Florida’s left-stream media insist on referring to him as a “moderate.” Looking at Nelson’s voting record, Floridians are entitled to wonder what it would take to earn the title “left-wing geek.”
Sharon Day, co-chair of the RNC and Florida’s Republican Committeewoman, told me, “There should be some price to pay for his [Nelson’s] votes. We’re living with the results of those votes now. There needs to be some accountability.”
Do these Republican candidates, singing from the conservative hymnal, mean what they say or are they just tuned in to polls and focus groups? Floridians will get a clearer picture of this in the 14 months before the state’s primaries, and nearly 17 to the general election. But the success of any one of these would almost certainly move Florida politically to the right and help stave off what Florida conservatives refer to as the dreaded purple disease.