Bud Chiles to run for Governor of Florida

Legacy candidate offers voters another fresh choice

Chiles will refuses contributions from Parties, PACs and Big Corporations

By Chris Ingram

Lawton “Bud” Chiles, the son of former Democrat Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles announced he will be a candidate for Florida Governor today. Chiles will run without party affiliation, will not accept PAC money, or money from political party organizations.

I had the pleasure to meet Chiles on the set of “Florida This Week” when we both appeared on that program in January. I found Chiles to be sincere, and competent, and to have a vision for Florida’s future — something Republican candidate Bill McCollum certainly lacks.

Legacy candidate offers voters another fresh choice

Chiles will refuse contributions from Political Parties, PACs and Big Corporations

By Chris Ingram

Lawton “Bud” Chiles, the son of former Democrat Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles announced he will be a candidate for Florida Governor today. Chiles will run without party affiliation, will not accept PAC money, or money from political party organizations.

I had the pleasure to meet Chiles on the set of “Florida This Week” when we both appeared on that program in January. I found Chiles to be sincere, and competent, and to have a vision for Florida’s future — something Republican candidate Bill McCollum certainly lacks.

We’ll have more information about Chiles’ candidacy soon. A copy of the press release from his announcement appears below.

TALLAHASSEE – With a promise to return Florida’s government to the people, Lawton M. (Bud) Chiles III, a Tallahassee businessman who served until recently as President of the Lawton Chiles Foundation, today announced that he has entered the race to become Florida’s next governor.  Chiles, 57, said that the influence of money has caused state government to break its bond with the people it was created to serve.

“I’m running for Governor to speak for a million Floridians who are out of work right now,” Chiles said.  “I’m running to help nearly a million children who have no health care – and for the millions of people who, like me, believe Florida can and must do better by its families and communities.”

Chiles said that state government has “broken faith” with the people it was created to serve, and he pointed to contributions to candidates and parties as the reason. 

“It’s big money versus big money and the people are left on the sidelines,” he said.  “I refuse to play that game.  I am in this race as an independent, beholden to no party.  My campaign is all about bringing people together, not dividing folks.”

Not only will he refuse party money, Chiles added that he also will not accept contributions from political action committees (PACs) or large corporations- and is limiting contributions to $250.

As president of the Lawton Chiles Foundation – named in honor of his late father – Chiles has spent the last several months walking across the state, meeting with teachers, children’s advocates and local leaders.  According to Chiles, the hard work and cooperation he witnessed made him realize that the communities ought to serve as a model for the state.

“I’ve seen firsthand that the answers to our most challenging problems are found right in our own communities,” Chiles said.  “These collaborative efforts are working because people are coming together not as Democrats or Republicans, but as community leaders – to improve education, help foster kids, and end homelessness.”

Chiles said that his campaign will be focused on energizing the people of Florida who have been left out and whose voices haven’t been heard.  He promised fast action on reforming campaign finance laws and making government more transparent to the people. 

Chiles said he expects to continue his walk across Florida, meeting with people in the communities and learning firsthand about their successes and challenges.  A major campaign rally to kick off the campaign is scheduled for his hometown of Lakeland on June 12.

For more information: www.WalkWithBud.com.

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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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8 thoughts on “Bud Chiles to run for Governor of Florida”

  1. MAYBE YOU BETTER CHECK THE DEALINGS OF CHILES WHILE HIS FATHER WAS IN OFFICE. LIKE THE FREE CONDOS, THE HOTEL DEAL, AND HOW HE AND HIS FATHER GOT RICH USING POLITICAL OFFICE FOR GAIN.

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  2. Chris where is your loyalty to the GOP? How do you call yourself a Republican. You should go join Charlie! I hope Hillsborough REC removes you.

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  3. A fresh voice is what the dr. ordered. Scott or Chiles both offer new ideas not the status quo which Mccollum represents.

    No incumbents!

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  4. Hey, “Traitor-person:” is a person a traitor when he votes for the best candidate as opposed to a puppet of a political machine? Are you not a traitor to the body politick when you vote for a party hack over a quality candidate? At least you avoid the drudgery of thought when you pull the lever on a straight ticket.

    This will be interesting. May the Republican and Democratic candidates lose.

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  5. HEY BUD: YOU’RE NOT AN INDEPENDENT; YOU’RE STILL A DEMOCRAT!

    After reading of Bud Chiles decision to run for Governor as a non-party affiliated candidate, I though to myself that this just shows you how desperate the Florida Democratic Party is to win the gubernatorial election in 2010. It is painfully obvious they have in essence abandoned Alex Sink and are secretly backing the campaign Bud Chiles. Furthermore, since they have no vision for our state, and they know their presumptive nominee cannot beat Bill McCollum or Rick Scott, the only thing left in their political playbook is to fool the people of Florida into thinking that Bud Chiles is not a Democrat but an independent voice for Florida’s working families. Since their economic vision of higher taxes and bigger government has been discredited, they are hoping they can “recycle” and “repackage” an old political name from Florida’s past and try and introduce him as a political independent. You have to give the Democrats credit, but long time followers of Florida politics know that little Bud Chiles is not his father and he is anything but a political outsider. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and in reality a strong and loyal Democrat who believes in more spending, more taxing and bigger government. This desperate “fourth and long” move by the Florida Democratic Party to fool the voters, while clever, will not work.

    It is also interesting to note that Bud Chiles says he will run without party affiliation, will not accept PAC money, or any money from political party organizations. So just how is he going to mount a serious and credible statewide race in one of the nation’s most expensive states to seek office? This begs the question: who is funding and advising the Bud Chiles campaign? My guess is those who worked in his father’s administration, big labor and left leaning special interest groups with political and financial ties to the Obama White House.

    Moreover, before we entrust the keys to the Governors’ Mansion should he be elected, Bud Chiles needs to explain to the voters his past business dealings and how he may have profited during the time his father was our governor. Then there is the question of experience. As we are painfully aware, we know how an empty suit politician with practically no governing experience is doing as President of the United States. Do we want someone similar in Tallahassee, especially in these challenging economic times? The answer is a resounding no!

    While Governor Lawton Chiles was an outstanding public servant and a great Floridian, we know from past experiences that popularity and political legacies do not necessarily mean Bud Chiles will be a good governor. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me! This year, Florida voters are in tune, they are active and they won’t be fooled by this last gasp fourth and long political move by the Florida Democrats to win the race for Governor!

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    Gregory Williams recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor under President George W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Energy where he also served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and had extensive experience working with the nation’s Governors and State Legislators on energy issues. He has also worked on Capital Hill in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 where he majored in Public Relations and Communications. E-mail him at gmwilliams@myway.com.

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  6. Dave: Birds of a feather flock together! Bud will campaign like his father and if elected, will govern like a typical tax and spend grow the government liberal Democrat!

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  7. Let’s see: The Bush “economic” program of cutting taxes and (ahem) massive spending caused business to boom, with really neat trickle-down. These results caused tax receipts to increase dramatically, even as individual tax rates continued to fall. As a result, we enjoy record prosperity, even as the deficit is a shadow of its former self. I like that. (Did I get that right? I can be so confused by all this stuff . . . )

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