Even more Florida Democrats are running away from Democrat gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s radical far-left campaign.
Just last week, Florida’s Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson announced he “isn’t on board” with Gillum’s radical ideas like a complete government takeover of healthcare, abolishing ICE, impeachment of the President, and billion dollar tax increases.
Now, Sarasota Democrats are quickly distancing themselves from Gillum’s billion-dollar tax hike proposal. According to The Herald Tribune, not one of the “five Democrats running for legislative seats in Sarasota and Manatee counties” are willing to support Gillum’s radical tax hike, with three of the candidates expressing “strong skepticism” or outright opposition.
If Gillum’s policies are too outside-the-mainstream for liberal Democrats, then they’re clearly too radical for Florida’s swing voters.
Among the policy proposals put forward by Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum, one that has attracted considerable attention is his plan to increase Florida’s corporate income tax rate to help pay for public education.
Some have pointed out that Gillum would have a difficult time getting the tax increase through a GOP-controlled Legislature.
But even if Democrats win control of both legislative chambers, an unlikely scenario, Gillum could find it tough to pass the tax hike.
The Herald-Tribune asked all five Democrats running for legislative seats in Sarasota and Manatee counties whether they favor Gillum’s proposal to boost the corporate income tax from 5.5 to 7.75 percent.
None of the candidates flat out said they supported the proposal, and three either voiced strong skepticism or rejected it all together.
‘I don’t believe this is a necessary action, or should be the first course of action, for funding public schools,’ said Olivia Babis, a Sarasota Democrat who is running for the District 23 state Senate seat against Republican Sarasota state Rep. Joe Gruters.
Siesta Key state Rep. Margaret Good — who is seeking reelection in the District 72 state House seat against Sarasota Republican Ray Pilon — said ‘we have enough money in our current budget to fund public schools.’
Good added that ‘before we talk about spending more, we need to spend the revenue we have wisely. We are not currently doing that.’
Venice Democrat Tony Mowry — who is running for the District 74 state House seat against Republican James Buchanan and no party affiliation candidate Robert Kaplan — said Gillum’s proposal is ‘a starting point for discussion’ but added that ‘ultimately, if it would hurt local businesses, I would seek to find an alternative funding mechanism.