As early voting in Hillsborough County began on Thursday. Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist’s running mate and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, kicked off the occasion at the Temple Terrace Public Library.
According to the Miami Herald, as of Thursday morning a million absentee ballots have already been returned, skewing towards the GOP. While Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are virtually deadlocked in a tie, Taddeo is confident that Democrats will start participating in early voting in the days to come. “If you compare us to the 2010 election, we are right where we want to be. Republicans always win the absentee ballot, but we do much better in the early vote and on Election Day. Compared to 2010, we are in very good shape," she said.
Taddeo says that being in a “dead heat” is a good thing considering the Scott campaign has spent over $50 million attacking Crist. Furthermore, she says that Scott “has decided to write himself a check, even though he said he wouldn’t.” Taddeo believes that their focus on insuring that students have access to Bright Futures scholarships sets them apart from Governor Scott. She says they will also be investing in science and solar energy.
As a former leader of twenty-two chambers of commerce in Miami Dade County, Taddeo feels ready to sit at the table as the elected Lieutenant Governor.
Dr. Samuel L Wright Sr., a former city commissioner in Boynton Beach and university student ombudsman at USF, said "We have got to get out and vote. We cannot sit and be passive. We are sick and tired of Obama bashing, and we need a governor who has the presence to represent the people of this state.” He thinks that unlike Scott, Crist will at least be receptive to mainstream voters.Citing high-speed rail, Medicaid and voting rights issue, Wright, like most Democrats, finds Scott wanting. He also like like the selection of Taddeo as his LG. “We need someone who can represent us and understand our issues. I like that Annette is Latina, she can understand that community."