Former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum say Governor Rick Scott’s address to lawmakers is off the mark. Gillum has already declared his 2018 gubernatorial candidacy and Tuesday Graham moved a step closer to declaring her own plans.
In a pre-rebuttal to Scott’s state of the state address, Gillum blasted the governor’s job creation efforts, saying they’ve created too many low wage positions. He also chided the governor’s pro-gun stance in the wake of shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
Meanwhile former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham says Scott and Republican legislative leaders are wasting time fighting each other and not paying enough attention to issues like education and the environment. Another Democratic gubernatorial contender, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, also got in Scott dig—seeming to side with the House’s ideas for killing Scott’s business recruitment agency and restricting the state’s tourism arm. Levine says Scott hasn’t done much to attract higher wage jobs to the state.