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Nan Rich fundraising off Rick Scott's signing of abortion restriction into law

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Democrat Nan Rich hasn't always moved quickly to respond to political opportunities, but she wasted little time Friday capitalizing off of Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a new late-term abortion ban into law.

"This is an outrage, and we have to do something. Florida needs a pro-choice governor, so I need your help," Rich, a little-known former state Senate Democratic leader from Weston wrote in an email fundraising pitch.

"I’m the only pro-choice candidate for Florida. I need your support if we are going to finally – finally! – protect women government interference," Rich wrote.

The Democrats' frontrunner, former Gov. Charlie Crist, calls himself "pro-choice" as well. However, as a Republican, he once ran as a "pro-life" candidate. Either way, Crist didn't hop on the abortion bill signing as quickly as Rich.

Conventional wisdom used to hold that abortion was more of a plus for Republicans than Democrats in Florida because anti-abortion activists were more motivated by the issue. But increasingly, it has helped bring women -- specifically unmarried women -- voting Democratic in the state and nation. 

Another sign of public sentiment over abortion: 55 percent of Florida voters in 2012 rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that said "public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion."

But the governor's race is a mid-term election, when liberals and Democrats disproportionately stay home, so the sentiment over abortion and how it plays in this race is anyone's guess.

It's also clear, however, that Rich wants it to be in play.

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Highly paid Republican operative

Nan who?

Can't take anymore

If she keeps working hard it is likely that Nan will bring in over $200 in donations before the primary. Also, if she succeeds in nicking Charlie just enough that the evil Rick Scott gets re-elected by a few votes she may want to take an extended overseas vacation. The RPOF will be happy to buy her ticket.

ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters have already decided that this nancy lady will be their candidate for governor after being presented with a most horrible alternative in the scumbag crist as party leader preferred candidate. The able lieutenant McKay has assured democrat primary voters that she is the only true democrat in the race and while not up to the standards of his boss Chiles would still be a loyal democrat unlike the Trojan horse the republicans have sent in the scumbag crist.

Sharon

Florida needs Nan Rich. That much has been established.
Her greatest enemy - worse that Crist and worse that Scott - Her greatest enemy is the Florida Democratic Party itself. First, the FDP is her enemy because the powers that be have already anointed Charlie Crist - for political reasons and certainly not for rational reasons.
But even more disheartening, the FDP is her enemy because an overwhelming majority of Florida's Democrats don't vote. They have gone into the fetal position and given up. The state of Florida will suffer greatly if its Democrats do not stand up for what they believe. Maybe they don't believe anything. That would be sadder still.

Voice of reason

Keep the faith Sharon.

Once we have a nominee the party will unite.

ty

Nan is going to prove a major upset. Mark my words. People said the same thing about Obama. Just wait.

Voice of reason

Maybe ty maybe.

But if not all Nan Rich supporters will be working hard to beat Scott!

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