I usually don’t do a lot of writing about the political scene, but this year’s choice for governor has me in a bit of a quandary.
Let’s start at the beginning. As Mr. S.L. Frisbie state in his column earlier this week, a vote for a third party candidate is essentially a wasted vote. This brings us to the other dubious reality that we now must choose between Mr. Crist and Gov. Scott.
Now first and foremost let’s get rid of the education issue. Neither of them has been a friend to public education. We spend fewer dollars per student today than we did seven years ago. Throw in an average of 3 percent inflation times seven years and we should be way above today’s rate. There have been a lot of shell games played by both candidates on this one issue, however, the numbers don’t lie.
Because he is indeed the sitting governor, I will look at the good, the bad and the ugly regarding Gov. Scott. First of all, he did indeed inherit a bit of a mess. Whether that was a product of the national economy or a poor job by Mr. Crist is subject to debate. I contend it’s probably a bit of both. However, he has turned things around (economy and job wise).
Many are mad at him for doing the things he said he would do when campaigning. We’re not used to a candidate doing that. Well keep in mind he wasn’t really a politician then. He has hit us with much smoke and mirrors as he’s gone on.
My problem with the governor is his past business practices. I simply can’t get past this. He ran a crooked company, took the Fifth Amendment multiple times while on the stand and then used the millions he made to “buy” the governor’s job.
Now to Charlie Crist. An affable man to be sure. I don’t really care about his flip flopping. Politicians do this. Perhaps he even flopped a few times because he listened to us which is understandable and noble.
However, he wasn’t really a very good governor and he really didn’t want the job. Had he run for re-election he would have won hands down. But when he got considered to be a vice president choice by John McCain, he got national stars in his eyes and bolted office to run for U.S. Senator. I’m not sure I want a governor who doesn’t want to be there, but will take the job to at least be somewhere.
All this is making me think about wasting a vote. The above is my opinion, which I respect.
Mike Brennan is a business teacher at Bartow High School.