Over past year I have been telling you about the amazing opportunity we have to shape our state's future. With every office in the cabinet up for grabs, we now have found a great candidate for every office -- and one of the most important positions in the cabinet is that of CFO.
For the past three years, we have had an amazing CFO in Alex Sink. And, we deserve to have a CFO that can follow in CFO Sink's footsteps. I am excited to tell you that we have found the woman for the job: Loranne Ausley.
Yesterday, Loranne announced that she is running for CFO, and I couldn't be more excited to email you about it. You have always been there for Democrats across Florida -- so I wanted to ask you to be one of the first to join Loranne Ausley's campaign for CFO.
Help Loranne launch her campaign and be one of the first to sign up today.
I am so excited to email you and have you be one of the first to join, but before I could even email you, so many others have stood up to support Loranne. She's already gotten the support of leaders like Senator Bill Nelson, Former Senator Bob Graham, Congressman Kendrick Meek, and Florida's current CFO Alex Sink -- just to name a few.
I wanted to share with you some of what CFO Sink said in endorsing Loranne to succeed her as CFO:
"From having worked with her, I saw first-hand her strong commitment to government accountability and her dedication to the job. I know she will be an outstanding CFO -- someone Floridians can count on to help weed out wasteful government spending and be a consumer watchdog in Tallahassee."
While Loranne has the support of some of the best Democratic leaders in the state, she is going to need your help to win next November.
Please, take a minute and be one of the first to join Loranne Ausley's campaign for CFO.
There has not been a more critical time to ensure that we have another great CFO for Florida. The culture of corruption and cronyism in and around the political process has to stop, and too many politicians are putting their own ambition over the needs of Floridians.
All you have to do is look at her experience to know that Loranne Ausley is the woman for the job.
As an attorney and a lawmaker, Loranne worked hard to ensure that our state invested wisely and that our tax dollars were spent efficiently and responsibly. And as the Chair of the $300 million per year Healthy Kids Corporation, she has been a strong leader in investing in Florida's future and bring affordable health insurance to the children of this state.
Meanwhile, the Republicans are backing another one of the same crowd of politicians that have put partisan politics and ambition over the needs of Floridians: State Senate President Jeff Atwater.
As Senate President, he broke his promise when he led the Senate to raise taxes and fees by $2 billion, and instead of cutting waste, he raised fees on hunters and fishers, as well as forced layoffs of teachers across Florida. He even chose his own political ambition over the needs of unemployed Floridians by rejecting $444 million in federal unemployment aid, ensuring Florida didn't get our fair share.
This is just the beginning of what we already know of Jeff Atwater's failed record in Tallahassee. His leadership was even called "embarrassing" by fellow Republicans. We don't need to promote him to CFO -- we need a strong CFO that will watch out for Floridians and Loranne is the one to do it.
Be one of the first to join Loranne's campaign and help us win next November.
Your support has been so critical to the Party, and I know you are going to be a huge help to Loranne. Thank you again for everything you do.
Karen L. Thurman