Lawson’s Shot Across The Bow

21 01 2009

It may have gone relatively unnoticed during last week’s Special Session, but the Senate Democrats finally have a leader who is going to aggressively define party’s positions. Additionally,  Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson isn’t going to be swayed by the “charm offensive” of Governor Crist.

For two years the Democratic Party stood impotent in opposition to a Governor whose moral fabric is weak and who lacks any courage in his convictions to lead. Thus was found ourselves in a budget crisis as the “me too” rhetoric of Democrats matched the adrift boat of the GOP Leadership and the Governor.

The Democrats have been lap dogs for too long in the Legislature. Allowing personality to dictate whether to engage on an issue or not is quite frankly pretty silly. But yet the Senate Democrats have picked their fights, and sometimes the wrong ones for years now. Rather than engaging on the economic issues which clearly separate the parties, the Democrats have either cut deals or been swayed by the assurances from Republicans.

This has left the Democratic Party in the Florida Senate without a clear ideology or set of defining principles. Senator Lawson’s decision last week to step out of this mold and call upon the Governor to veto significant portions of the budget which the Legislature passed indicated a positive posture for the party. Going forward this will not only serve the Democrats well at the ballot box but will serve the citizens of Florida positively as we will the sort of vigorous debate on critical issues that has been lacking in the state recently.




2 responses

21 01 2009

You are dead right. Being in the minority, the Democrats hasn’t had any clout. Therefore, certain Democrats just cozy up to The Chamber and AIF and stay their for eight years and just move on. That needs to end.

Yes, they might have the money, but we need to fight against these groups. And senators like Al Lawson understand this. Democrats need to stand for something!

21 01 2009

This trend of accommodation among Senate Democratic leaders in the senate began not with Geller but with Tom Rossin who didn’t stake out a clear party position on anything and continued through Ron Klein and Les Miller. I didn’t have high hopes for Lawson either, but so far so good.

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