The disconnect deserves close attention because it leads straight to North Florida Democrats like Alex Sink, Bill McBride and Rod Smith. To be blunt, all three lost their respective campaigns to be governor for good reasons.
All three are exploring whether to run against the most unpopular governor in modern Florida history, Rick Scott.
Florida Democrats should focus on bringing forward a candidate who can appeal to the changing demographics of the state. Democrats should focus on raising funds to campaign effectively and thoroughly as President Obama. That's a tall order.
Rather than stepping backwards to formulaic campaigners from North Florida, Democrats should seek and support a candidate from South Florida. I will always be mystified why the Dems failed to stand behind Dan Gelber when he chose to run state-wide. Anyhow, that's water under the seawall. Or is it?
Gelber is the most eloquent Democrat in the state. Would Democratic money stand behind him? Would he embrace the sacrifices of a run for state-wide office? Or is there some other candidate who hasn't emerged, perhaps a successful Hispanic from the private sector willing to take on Rick Scott's millions?
The time is now, because North Florida Democrats keep beating the same path to the back barn door. Tiresome, isn't it?