Tom Golisano, independent activist from NY, to run for Senate in Florida?

Tom Golisano ran for Governor with “The Independence Party” in New York, which is a party that claims to be neither left nor right.  Golisano is also perceived as being “independent”, because his recent support has alternated between Democrats and Republicans. Golisano recently announced that he moved to Florida to avoid high taxes in New York.

from Politics1

FLORIDA. Sources tell Politics1 that billionaire businessman Tom Golisano — a former three-time Independent candidate for New York Governor — is now contemplating a Democratic run for Florida’s open US Senate seat. Golisano, who owns homes in both New York and Florida, recently switched his residency to the Sunshine State. The New York Times also reported Golisano was the driving influence beyond the recent New York Senate leadership coup which three the body into turmoil. Governor Charlie Crist (R) contacted Golisano last week to seek his financial support for Crist’s Senate campaign, but was politely rebuffed.

9 thoughts on “Tom Golisano, independent activist from NY, to run for Senate in Florida?

  1. Richard Winger

    Good post. What is really strange is that Golisano seems to say he may run in Florida as a Democrat. He just finished orchestrating a Republican takeover of the New York State Senate, a fact that certainly won’t help him win a Democratic primary in Florida.

  2. Third Party Revolution

    Probably what he wants to do is win the Democratic Party’s nomination and then at the last moment switch to either a minor party or as an independent, leaving there no Democratic Party candidate in the general election. As was the case for David Wu’s opponent Joel Haugen in the 2008 election, when he switched from the Republican Party’s nomination to the Independent Party’s nomination.

  3. Third Party Revolution

    And speaking of the Independence Party of Florida, according to, they have a candidate for Governor of Florida (Peter Allen). However, Tom Golisano’s name was taken off the list for the US Senate race.

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