Fried, Crist uses abortion rights and insurance money for competition

TALLAHASSEE – The expansion of health insurance in Florida and the future of abortion rights have given the Democrats Charlie Crist and Fried Nikki new campaign themes to attract the attention of prospective voters Aug. 23 the first race.

The tactics removed from the headlines that the two candidates will use again may give the Democratic voters what they want the most: I believe that the Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis may be defeated this fall.

“Insurance premiums are raising many voters,” he said Cynthia Busch, of Plantation. “And the right to abortion is great. So everyone is right to talk about these issues.”

Busch, ex Broward County The Democratic chairman, is directing 23rd Congressional District campaign for democracy Ben Sorensen. Busch said phone banking shows that the total cost of housing and the future of abortion Florida it is very important to many voters.

“It’s the choice of the people who will come,” he said. “Crist and Fried know they’re going to get people who will be there for them. You have to give people a reason to vote.”

Crist and Fried have a lot of money with DeSantis, who is interested, $128 million money in hand. Most similar polls also show that whoever wins the Democratic primary will lose in November.

But DeSantis suddenly hits a snag. He failed to stabilize the homeowner’s insurance market where 400,000 families already lost and avoided full coverage US Supreme Court denying in June the right to an abortion.

“Many people are outraged by the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” he said Paul Banethe president of Manatee County Democratic Clubreferring to the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“This may seem to give Fried an advantage in the primary, because he talks a lot about protecting the right to abortion. But I know that many people think that Crist is the one who can raise money and has the name to defeat DeSantis in November,” he said. ” said Bane.

Bane, however, acknowledged that DeSantis seems unmoved at this point.

“But a lot can happen in the last few months of the campaign,” he added.

Florida has not elected a Democratic governor in 28 years President Biden Unpopularity in the run-up to the midterm elections is a problem in many states Democratsit doesn’t matter if Crist or Fried is elected.

Great diversity in income generation

While DeSantis is sitting on a bankroll boosted by his image as a can-do White House candidates in two years, Democratic campaign funds are limited. Christ has it $7.2 million cash on hand, compared to $2.8 million to Fried.

But two Democrats maybe you are getting help from burning news.

Fried jumped on the ballot Tuesday Kansas which protects abortion rights there, while voters rejected a measure that would have allowed the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions on abortion or ban it altogether.

“Voters in Florida I want an elected governor,” Fried wrote just hours after the vote, noting that he has also received the endorsement of the advocacy organization, VOTEPROCHOICE.

“And the vote last night Kansas it proves that it transcends party politics,” he added.

Crist also quickly responded that the financial services firm Demotech recently warned that it may undercut 17 Florida insurers. Mr. DeSantis and officials first spoke of anger at the agency.

But then he was forced to insist on insuring troubled companies through government subsidies Opinions of the company Citizens Property Insurance, Corp.Florida’s ultimate insurance provider and now about to become the largest insurance provider in the state.

Although Demotech halted further declines, it went ahead and cut notes on Monday for three major companies, reflecting a decline in confidence in their ability to pay for their demands.

Homeowners insurance is three times the national average in Florida areas. With many Floridians struggling not only to find insurance, but paying thousands of dollars for coverage, Crist is looking to upset voters by impeaching the governor.

A special session has failed to process

DeSantis called a special session of the Legislature in May and the proposed measures were in favor of the companies — reducing their exposure to lawsuits and increasing out-of-pocket costs for homeowners who make repairs.

But the industry’s problems persist.

“What has DeSantis done? Zero,” Crist said last month, during his only television appearance with Fried.

Crist added, “He, and his fellow Republicans in the House and Senatemade it more difficult for Florida consumers to get what insurance companies were supposed to pay them.”

Crist, the Republican governor of Florida from 2007-11 before becoming a Democrat and a member of the Congress since 2016, he has been casting himself as a consumer supporter. He faced the homeowner’s insurance crisis during his years in office, and he took the unusual approach of turning Citizens into a competitor to private insurers, and ordered it cut.

Even his friend there Republicans in the legislature was not happy with the growth of Citizens and the role it could have for taxpayers, Crist is now campaigning to make Citizens the right way for homeowners, not just the last company.

They will also need major insurers that sell auto insurance – a profitable line Florida – to reconfirm the house. But will Crist’s promises get voters interested in a solution to rising costs?

“What’s on the minds of Floridians is their wages,” said Dr. Chuck Nyceinsurance and risk management specialist at Florida State University. “They don’t know any of the office-style stuff about how these companies work.

“In fact, many people probably do not even know the insurance company of the owner of the house. But from the political point of view, it is the price, and when this is rising as it is now, that attracts the attention of the people,” he added.

DeSantis usually stays out of fights

DeSantis, who doesn’t have a major opponent for August, didn’t say much about the big attacks on his opponents. His campaign did not respond to requests for comment, but a spokesman did Lindsey Curnutt previously dismissed objections to Crist’s property insurance.

“Charlie’s attack is surprising coming from a man who single-handedly took over the property insurance industry from Florida with his free market experiment in 2007,” Curnutte said.

Crist, who has a lot of money and whose polls show him leading Fried, focused on his primary opponent and focused his campaign message on DeSantis.

In contrast, Fried, whose internal polls are tracking a close race with Crist, is fighting a two-front battle. He’s mocking DeSantis’ defensive arguments, while also trying to keep the heat on Crist for abortion rights.

Crist called himself “pro-life,” but received high ratings Congress from abortion rights advocates. Backing Fried, two prominent organizations, Florida Planned Parenthood PAC and Ruth’s. List Floridahas decided not to endorse anyone in the Democratic Primary for Governor.

Party leaders say defeating DeSantis is the top priority and having a strong Democratic challenger is important. They said they are confident that whoever wins the election in August will be a defender of abortion rights.

Growing concern over abortion rights

But there is growing concern about the future of abortion in the Florida, advocates say. Fried is banking that these concerns will bring out more of his voters this month in what are often limited primaries.

DeSantis signed into law in April a measure to ban mass abortions Florida after 15 weeks of pregnancy, starting July 1ststarting at 24 weeks.

DeSantis did not comment on what stricter limits would help moving forward, instead responding to questions by saying he was focused on defending the new law against court challenges.

But he also said to follow Supreme Court control that “they will work to increase the security of life,” in Florida.

Opponents of abortion in Florida He said he hopes DeSantis will introduce more restrictive measures in the November election. A University of North Florida a poll earlier this year showed 57% of Floridians opposed the 15-week limit — putting DeSantis at odds with voters and helping to explain his reluctance to talk more about what he might do in the second term.

“This question is the biggest difference between me, Charlie and Ron,” Fried said at a debate last month. “I’ve been pro-choice all my life. I’ve made sure to stand on the side of women.”

Fried’s first TV commercial also featured her defense of abortion rights — and her potential to become Florida’s first female governor, if elected.

More information Democrats now pay attention

The July survey is Kaiser Family Foundation shows that abortion access is a growing issue in this year’s election — especially among Democratic voters.

Even 65% of people disagree Supreme Court abortion decision, 77 percent of Democrats they now say abortion access is very important in their vote, up from 50% in February. Democratic women voters are more focused — with 82% worried about the opportunity, compared to 55% five months earlier, the poll found.

Only 33% of Republicans saying that abortion is a very difficult issue for them. And Republican women voters are less likely to vote in the first place Supreme Court election.

The KFF poll found only 44% say abortion access is very important in their opinion, compared to 60% in February. This shows that the recent decision made the issue meaningless to the group that wants to ban abortion, and see this happening in many countries.

But inflation and gas prices are a big concern for voters, the KFF survey showed. And that can’t be good Democrats.

Father, father Manatee County Democrats, he said for now, are trying to ensure his party has a chance to defeat DeSantis, a polarizing incumbent who has succeeded. GOP stars.

“I don’t know if issues like homeowners insurance and abortion are enough to defeat him in November,” Bane said. “But if it happens, it could hurt him a lot, especially if he wants to run for president in two years.”

John Kennedy and reporter to USA Today’s Networks Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]or on Twitter at @JKennedyReport