Agriculture Commissioner candidate Scott Maddox, a Democrat, made his position on offshore oil drilling perfectly clear at a press conference Monday: "an absolute no."
The former state party leader and Tallahassee mayor stood next to an
enlarged photo of an oil rig on fire and declared that offshore oil
drilling (in any form) would hurt the the state's tourism economy and
environment without providing much cost-savings at the gas pump or new
jobs for the state. He thinks every candidate for the cabinet (which
could approved exploratory drilling under a state legislative proposal) should take a stand on the issue.
"It's like we've been asked to sell our favorite daughter," he said, referring to the quality of the state's beaches. "Where's the moral outrage?"