ENDORSEMENTS: Crist over Rich in Democratic primary sets stage for Nov. showdown with GOP Gov. Rick Scott

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Nsn Rich running against Charlie Crist for  governor in Dem primary / HeadlineSurfer®Nan Rich, shown in the inset, faces an uphill battle in terms of name recognition with Democrats voting in Tuesday's primary who will either Charlie Crist, shown with his choice for lieutenant governor, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, who heads Miami-Dade's Democratic Party.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Nan Rich, the ultimate Democratic time server who was term-limited in  the Florida House and then the Senate finally gets her shot to be governor.

Sort of.

Because she still has to get by Charlie Crist, the former Democratic governor who ran as an independent for US. Senate and now has his sights set on recapturing the governor's mansion from incumbent Republican Rick Scott.

But in keeping his eyes on the prize, did Crist take Rich for granted? Perhaps, but if Crist can't be Scott, then it would be an almost lock that neither could Rich and Democratic voters understand that.

Charlie Crist leads Nan Rich in polls on eve of Florida Dem primary / Headline Surfer®Charlie Crist has a huge lead over Nan Rich among Democrats on eve of primary.

 

But in keeping his eyes on the prize, did Crist take Rich for granted? Perhaps, but if Crist can't be Scott, then it would be an almost lock that neither could Rich and Democratic voters understand that.

Headline Surfer® endorses Charlie Crist as the Democratic nominee in the November runoff. He has the experience, stamina and know-how to at least get through this primary on Tuesday.

Crist, 58, has fallen behind to Scott, but he's still in front of Nan and and that's what counts here.

Despite her lengthy tenure in Tallahassee, Rich remains largely unknown to the Democratic rank-and-file. She served in the Florida State Senate, representing district 34 from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.

Fast Facts: Nan Rich

Nan Rich was first elected to the Legislature in 2000. From 1996-1999, she was the national president of the National Council of Jewish Women. She was the first Floridian to fill that role in the organizations 116 years. In 1999, then President Bill Clinton appointed Rich to the Board for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.