FL-Gov: Bud Chiles Drops Out, Darcy Richardson Joins In

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

Following a couple weeks of speculation, independent Bud Chiles has officially withdrawn from the Florida gubernatorial race and thrown his support behind his former rival, Democrat Alex Sink. From the beginning, Chiles’ strategy seemed to hinge on his widespread name recognition; his father, Lawton Chiles, was a fixture of Florida politics for almost half a century: from the State House to the State Senate, to the US Senate and finally the governor’s mansion. Initially, the strategy appeared to pay off: when he jumped into the race, Chiles quickly demonstrated around 15% support in the polls, which likely included his name only because it was so familiar. However, the Independent proved incapable of building upon that base and his support began to dwindle, until this week when he dropped out of the race. No doubt, the corporate media and polling organizations will now pretend that there are only two candidates for governor in Florida, though this is not in fact the case.

Politics1-FL, for instance, lists candidates for the Independence and Libertarian parties alongside a number of independent gubernatorial tickets. Among the latter is economist and author Farid Khavari. Just yesterday, it was announced that Khavari has named Darcy G. Richardson as his running mate. Richardson is now a ballot-qualified candidate for Lieutenant governor. Regular readers of Poli-Tea may recall that Darcy is an author, historian and veteran third party and independent political activist, who is in the process of writing a comprehensive seven volume history of the American third party and independent political tradition, and is the co-founder of Uncovered Politics.

Khavari and Richardson’s platform focuses on economic issues, and its centerpiece is a proposal for the formation of a state bank to address the many problems associated with the common practice of privatizing profits and socializing losses, with which we have become so familiar in recent years. “The banking industry’s dirtiest secret,” says Richardson, “is that it’s half ‘socialist,’ and in the worst sense of that word. While privately held at the profit end, it externalizes all the attendant risks to the public. If the people of Florida are going to bear the risks of finance, we contend that they should also reap its benefits.”

Unsurprisingly, one rarely if ever hears such proposals floated by the corporatist shills in the Republican and Democratic parties, one can only assume, because so many of them have been paid by their corporate masters to ensure the privatization of profit and the socialization of loss. But a number of third party and independent candidates for office this year are vocal supporters of the idea. In Illinois, the issue unites the Green and Libertarian party candidates for governor, Rich Whitney and Lex Green, both of whom have called for the formation of a state bank as an integral part of their respective financial and economic proposals, despite their often vehement opposition on many economic and financial issues.

We’ll certainly be hearing more from Khavari and Richardson on this front in the coming weeks and months.

6 thoughts on “FL-Gov: Bud Chiles Drops Out, Darcy Richardson Joins In

  1. Green Party Conservative

    More from Imperato’s Governor campaign site.

    Independent for Governor Daniel Imperato kicks off campaign by adding Fusion Power to his plan for Energy Independence in Florida

    Miami — July 4, 2010 — For Florida’s most independent gubernatorial candidate for Governor, the theme of Daniel Imperato’s campaign launch is “energy independence”.

    One day after President Barack Obama announced the awarding of $2 billion for new solar plants in Arizona, Colorado and Indiana, Imperato applauded the action but reminded Florida voters that his plan will bring even more investment for alternative energy development in Florida.

    Last month Imperato announced plans for a solar energy summit among the manufacturers and distributors of solar power in Florida. Previous to that he was developing a plan to modernize and expand the high-speed rail network across Florida. Now to round out his long-range energy infrastructure investment for Florida, he is adding an advanced form of fusion power to generate clean energy in Florida within the next 20 years.

    “It is good to see that pieces of my vision are being implemented for the good of our country. But as I said before: ‘be first Florida‘. We need not wait for the federal government to grant us the billions. Part of the reason for creating a central bank in Florida is to secure funding for these major infrastructure improvements.”

  2. Charles B. Lawson

    Mr. Daniel Imperato, you are really funny! What else did you announce that we are not aware of it?!

  3. Anonymous

    If I were a typical person opposed to the two major parties no matter what, then I would have thrown my support behind Michael E. Arth than some weman like Alex Sink. If things went right, Sink would have dropped out, endorsed Chiles, and then made him a sandvich.

  4. Michael E. Arth

    I belong to no political party because I believe that we can solve Florida’s problem’s together and we can make our corrupt and bloated government actually be of, by and for the people. It will require systemic change that neither party is willing to even discuss. http://www.michaelearth.org.

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