Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidates have struggled to improve their embarrassingly low name recognition and lackluster fundraising numbers.
Making matters worse, the current Democrat leading candidates, Gwen Graham and Philip Levine, have also been weighed down by repeated accusations of hypocrisy. As voters become more acquainted with them, it is becoming clear that they are both typical politicians who say one thing, but do another.
Here are just a few recent examples:
Gwen Graham Fails Her Own Transparency Tests
Graham talks a big game on transparency, claiming that she goes “above and beyond” while attacking others on the issue. But, before leaving Congress, she refused to release records that would have provided voters valuable insight into how she used her influence as a Washington politician to benefit her political ambitions.
Gwen Graham Exempts Her Union Allies From Her Transparency Standards
Graham’s hypocritical stance on transparency also extends to her union allies. After the Florida House passed a bill last week requiring more transparency from unions, Graham quickly abandoned her call for “full transparency,” criticizing the measure as “despicable.”
Ignoring Her Own Deep Lobbyist Ties, Gwen Graham Hypocritically Attacks “Revolving Door”
Last month, Graham Gwen Graham held a press conference to bemoan “how chummy” lawmakers and lobbyists have become.
But Graham conveniently neglected to mention that she has long used her own “chummy” relationships with lobbyists and political insiders to advance her political ambitions and make her personal fortune. Despite her current campaign rhetoric, Graham has worked for lobbyists, hired lobbyists, and been funded by lobbyists throughout her career.
After Fining Miami Beach Residents $20,000 For Using Airbnb, Philip Levine Hosts Campaign Event at Airbnb Home
As Mayor of Miami Beach, Levine imposed $20,000 fines on residents who use Airbnb for short-term rentals, and argued the fines, which are the highest in the country, aren’t high enough. Only a few months ago, after Airbnb shared an article questioning this policy, Levine had a full-blown meltdown, demanding the company stay out of Miami Beach and accusing them of “Mafia tactics.”
But, earlier this month, Levine exempted himself from his own standards, campaigning at an Airbnb home.
Philip Levine Compares Florida To The Soviet Union, But Can’t Name A Single Government Program He’d Cut
In a recent interview, Levine erratically compared Florida to the Soviet Union “under central planning with Khrushchev.”
But, despite his proclaimed fear of big government, in the same interview, Levine couldn’t name one government program he would support cutting when pressed.