Sunday, October 01, 2006

Rethinking Bense

Lately, rumors have been swirling that the former speaker of the Florida House, Allan Bense (see photo) might wish to success Carole Jean Jordan as chair of the Republican Party of Florida. However, activists might be advised to remember his consistent refusal to enter the race for U.S. Senate.

He was repeatedly approached by top Republicans, including Gov. Bush, and urged to enter the race to challenge vulnerable Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, but finally declined.

Presumably, his thinking was that no one could defeat Congresswoman Katherine Harris in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. However, Harris was ultimately held to under 50% by a trio of little known opponents who entered the opponent. In other words - most GOP voters voted for somebody not Harris.

The fact is, had Bense entered the race, with the support of the Gov. Bush and White House and virtually every prominent Republican in the state, he would have had the resources to compete with Harris and would likely have been the Republican nominee.

So, instead of an experienced and canny politician with deep ties to the Republican stronghold in the Panhandle, the Republican party is saddled with a lunatic leading the ticket.

Could Bense have defeated Nelson? Maybe not, but at least he could have tested him, unlike Harris, about whom voter opinions range from "dangerously paranoid" to "crazier than an outhouse rat."

If Bense does decide to make a play for the RPOF chairmanship, activists might ask why he didn't stand up for his party's interests when he had the chance.


At 10/01/2006 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bense really let the GOP down when he stood aside.

At 10/04/2006 08:20:00 AM, Blogger TB Blue Dog said...

Have you considered the possibility that he just didn't want to go to Washington? Bense is enjoying a very comfortable, profitable existence. Why mess with that?

At 10/04/2006 07:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if he stays there, that's fine - but if he does mess with that by running for RPOF chairman, then it is legitimate to ask why he didn't step up when the GOP needed him.


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