Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum made if official today, announcing on social media and in a YouTube video that he’s seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor.
“I’m running for Governor of Florida. I hope that you will join me on this journey,” Gillum posted on Facebook this morning with a link to his video, which stresses his upbringing as the son of a municipal bus driver.
Other Democrats considering the race include former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and millionaire trial lawyer and medical marijuana advocate John Morgan.
Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation was divided along partisan lines on President Donald Trump‘s Tuesday night speech to a joint session of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, hailed the prime-time address as “a vision of bipartisanship to try to bridge differences that exist.”
Mast lauded Trump’s calls for strengthening the military.
But Mast, who made improving water quality in the Treasure Coast a top campaign priority last year, said he is “deeply alarmed by reports of severe, across-the-board cuts to the EPA and other agencies that are critical to our quality of life in Florida. On behalf of our community, I will continue working to hold the Administration accountable for any actions that threaten our environment and our way of life.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio also said he was “encouraged” by the speech.
In a Facebook post, Rubio said: “For the first time since I’ve been in the Senate, Republicans are poised to enact real, meaningful and lasting reforms to protect Americans, rebuild our military, grow our economy, boost workers’ paychecks, replace ObamaCare with a better system, and remove the roadblocks to prosperity created by bureaucrats in Washington. The president has partners in both the House and Senate to pursue this bold agenda, and I was encouraged to see him make his case to the American people and urge Democrats to stop standing in the way of progress.”
The three Democrats in the county’s delegation criticized Trump.
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, said that “the only thing tonight’s speech accomplished was to illustrate just how little the President understands about America.”
Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, used their Twitter accounts to express criticism or skepticism of Trump’s remarks throughout the speech.
“If we really want to help people battling addiction, we cannot repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Deutch tweeted at one point during Trump’s remarks. Three minutes later, he added: “Great, great wall? And a deportation force? Quick reminder that tearing families apart is inconsistent with our values.”
Frankel was one of several Democratic women to wear white to the speech, an evocation of the women’s suffrage movement “to oppose Republican attempts to roll back women’s progress.”
Here’s a quick look at some of the events planned so far:
March 4 Trump: Organized by Trump supporters and taking place throughout the U.S. Set for 1 p.m. Saturday near Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Participants will show their support for President Trump by carrying signs near his estate as he visits this weekend.
Mar-a-Lago March Against Trump Pence: Organized by the group United Against Trump Pence as a counter-protest to the Trump supporters’ event. Set for 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday with a march from Southern Boulevard and Flagler across the Southern bridge to get “as close to Mar-a-Lago as they’ll allow,” according to the Facebook event.
Persist Spelled Out in Human Formation: Organized by Women’s March Treasure Coast Chapter. Set for 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday at Santa Lucia Beach in Stuart. Participants will form the word “resist” for an aerial photo.
Paddle Trump: Organized by local “paddlers.” Set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday near Mar-a-Lago. Participants will hop in their kayaks or canoes or get on their paddleboards to protest Trump’s environmental policy.
No Trump in Palm Beach: Organized by South Florida Activism. Tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday. Protesters asked to wear “NO 45” T-shirts and line Southern Boulevard near Dreher Park as the president leaves Mar-a-Lago for Palm Beach International Airport.