Labor Day is the traditional start to the last leg of the campaign season in election years, and no election year has been as important to Florida voters as this one. 2014 is the year that Florida voters will have a chance to weigh in on the crony capitalism that is the singular feature of the Gov. Rick Scott administration.
To weigh in, voters will first have to wade through a tide of Scott millions slung against the Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. Cartoonist Bill Day put it bluntly:
Big Sugar is a proxy for the crony capitalism that controls Tallahassee today.
In the Miami Herald, Marc Caputo asks the next question: "Why are Democrats so often their own worst enemies in Florida?" and points out the low voter turnout that propelled Scott past Alex Sink four years ago.
As a campaigner, Sink was a sleep-walker. In contrast, Charlie Crist was born to run. And as a Democratic governor, there is no one more experienced with the extremists that dominate his former party than Crist.
That's why this Labor Day, resolve to ramp up your own effort to get friends and family and friends of friends and their families to understand what is at stake this November.