RPOF: Next House Democratic Leader a Win for Liberals and Nan Rich, a Loss for Charlie Crist
Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Lenny Curry weighed in on House Democrats making Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, their new leader on Wednesday night. Curry portrayed Pafford's victory over Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, as a victory for liberals over moderates -- and for former Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich over former Gov. Charlie Crist in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
"With Mark Pafford anointed as the incoming leader for the House Democrats, this means that the House Democratic Caucus is lurching further to the left and tacitly rejecting Charlie Crist as their standard bearer,” Curry insisted. “By electing one of the most liberal legislators as their leader, it's not a matter of if, but when, Democratic legislators line up behind their former colleague and fellow liberal Nan Rich."