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Nan Rich wins Buddy MacKay's support in Democratic race for governor

From a press release:

Calling her the “…one true Democrat in the race,” former Democratic Governor Buddy MacKay today announced his support and endorsement of Nan Rich for governor. 

“For the past 16 years, under 3 Republican governors, our state has been led down a right-wing, ideological path that has worked against teachers and public education, dismantled growth management and put our environmental resources in jeopardy, ignored the needs of our elderly and at risk children, and abandoned the middle class in favor of tax breaks for the rich and major corporations,” MacKay stated in a prepared release. 

“We need a strong Democrat to lead Florida again, and Nan Rich is the one true Democrat in the race for governor.  I’ve known Nan since before she was first elected to the legislature.  We worked together on many issues to improve the lives of children and families.  In the legislature, we could always count on her to be an effective advocate for public schools, seniors, and social justice issues.   Nan Rich has the skills and experience we need to lead Florida and get our state back on the right track.  She has my support – and she’ll have my vote on Election Day.”

“I’m sincerely honored to have the support of Governor MacKay,” Rich said.  “Buddy MacKay and Lawton Chiles were visionary leaders who cared deeply about the working people of Florida.  Florida was in far better shape under their stewardship than it has been ever since.  As governor, I intend to pick up where they left off and lead Florida into a new era of prosperity – a Democratic era of a strong middle class and fairness for all.”

Buddy MacKay is a life-long Democrat who had a long and distinguished public service career.   He was a state legislator and U.S. Representative before serving as Lt. Governor in the Chiles administration.  He became the 42nd Governor of Florida following Chiles’ death on December 12, 1998.