Kevin Burns out of U.S. Senate race - Maurice Ferre reminds the media he's still in it

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Meanwhile , the other Democrat in the race, a campaign staffer for former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, sent out a press release to state wide political reporters to remind them that their guy is still in the race.


Ferre's media coordinator, Terry Lynn, wrote last night that, "Some predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President, others that Charlie Crist was unstoppable for the U.S. Senate as a Republican candidate.  Now that Kevin Burns has dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, professional courtesy should provide that all candidates who are legally qualified should at least be mentioned in stories and articles."


CL did write a feature on Ferre back in February.


Also, CL yesterday spoke with the new new thing in the Democratic Senate race, also known as the "billionaire real estate developer." We will public excerpts from that interview within the next week.

Yesterday former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns dropped out of the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, announcing that he will now run for the state senate seat being vacated by Democrat Dan Gelber. In a statement, Burns said,

"I chose public service to make a difference, locally, in my community, and I believe I have done that.  I'm making the switch to the State Senate race because I believe it is the way for me to continue to make a difference, here in my community, in Tallahassee and for all the people of Florida."

Burns was never to gain any traction in his campaign, as front-runner Kendrick Meek quickly swooped up major endorsements and big campaign contributions.  Originally Gelber was also in the race, before he switched to run for Attorney General.

Burns is openly gay, something he talked to CL last year in a profile we wrote about him.  Of his Senate run, which again never really got off the ground, he said yesterday,

"I don't regret a single day of it, I got to travel all over this state, visiting more than fifty counties, meeting and listening to Floridians from all walks of life.  I learned a great deal about the people of this state and about myself.  I believe the experience will make me a better State Senator and a better person."

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