Best Of 2017

Best probably-a-good-call: Bob Buckhorn Ducking out of the Gubernatorial Primary

Best probably-a-good-call
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City of Tampa

The man said it himself: the electorate just does not have a taste for moderates who are willing to see both sides of an issue and/or are willing to acknowledge that the home team may not have all the answers. That's why, earlier this year, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn cited the Age of Trump as one of his reasons for not jumping into the Democratic gubernatorial primary. What may have made sense two, three years ago absolutely does not these days, and it has nothing to do with Buckhorn's ability to govern or talent as a politician. It is what it is, and he recognizes that. Perhaps when more sensible times return (please, God, let them!), so will he if he wishes to. —Kate Bradshaw