Endorsement Criteria

No human being is perfect, and neither are political candidates. They all have strengths and shortcomings. But our mission is to save the Everglades and three vital coastal estuaries, so we consider many things:

  1. Are they funded by Big Sugar?
  2. Do they owe any allegiance to sugar?
  3. Are the people around them connected to sugar?
  4. Do they understand the urgency of Everglades restoration?
  5. Do they understand the direction and timing of water is the top priority?
  6. Will they be able to work with federal partners?
  7. Will they trust independent science, or will they be swayed by sugar-funded science?
  8. Will they build a team of experts and then listen to them?
  9. Do they understand the environmental implications of status quo?
  10. Do they understand the economic implications?
  11. Do they understand the human health implications?
  12. How do they view clean water as a right for all Floridians?
  13. Are they cognizant of the importance of tourism to the state?
  14. Do they recognize tourism is not just about Mickey Mouse?
  15. Do they have a stiff spine?
  16. How enormous is their ego? Is it all about them?
  17. Will they keep their word?
  18. Will they have a healthy fear of the citizenry if they don’t keep their word?
  19. Will they be more likely or less likely to bow to the pressure of sugar in the future?
  20. Can they win?
  21. Will our endorsement help impact a win? Most importantly is #22
  22. Who stands the best chance to make progress with a legislature controlled by sugar?

We are dealing with a 5-alarm fire right now. The Everglades and both coasts of Florida cannot endure gridlock in Tallahassee. That would be just as bad as having a sugar-controlled governor.

  • Elizabeth Capozzi
    published this page in 2018 Endorsements 2018-10-16 08:43:11 -0400