Major announcement to come later today
By Chris Ingram
Sources in Tallahassee indicate Republican gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) will abandon her longshot campaign for governor. Dockery’s campaign has been stuck in first gear since she announced her candidacy more than eight months ago.
Since announcing, Dockery has had a lackluster fundraising performance. As something of a maverick in the state legislature, Dockery was never embraced by the G.O.P. establishment or the lobbyists and other moneymen who can make a statewide campaign a success.
Then last month former Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott of Naples entered the race and poured an estimated $5 million into a statewide television ad buy. Scott quickly shot up in the polls while Dockery remained in single digits. With Scott in the race as an alternative to career politician Bill McCollum, Dockery was left with little hope in her longshot campaign.
To be commended for sure, Dockery has made a name for herself as being an independent, free spirited thinker who is willing to take on the good ol’ boys in Tallahassee. Florida needs the type of leaders Paula Dockery represents — unfortunately most voters are suckers for slick ad campaigns, and empty promises from career politicians (the ones who created the mess we’re in) so we end up with “leaders” like Bill McCollum who wants to be governor because its “his turn.”
UPDATE: Dockery’s withdrawal from the campaign was confirmed by the campaign at 9:10 a.m. An official announcement from Dockery is expected at 10:00 a.m.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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