Friday June 26th 2020
Starting gun fired in Florida gubernatorial race as Congressman Riddle claims State Rep Jessica Gelsey "only got the nomination because of her Mother & looks"
Republican Florida Congressman Tom Riddle and his parties gubernatorial candidate took the opening shots at his opponent State Representative Jessica Gelsey, Gelsey who is the daughter of former House Speaker Carol.
Congressman Riddle made the comments at a Republican fundraiser in Tampa, on Wednesday evening. The comments where captured on a mobile phone and posted on line. "My opponent in this race, only got the Democratic nomination of her Mother, and her good looks, anyone else as Liberal and as inexperienced as she is would not a gotten a look in". Republicans donors are then seen laughing and cheering as Riddle continued "You all know, I know her Mother, we all do in this room, she failed when she ran as Governor in 96, she failed in Congress, she failed as Speaker, and now she wants to pull the strings for her Daughter".
Jessica Gelsey, who is 33, and doesn't turn 34 until after the election in November, is not the political novice, Congressman Riddle attempted to portray in his remarks, she has been a State Representative for the 117th District since being elected six years ago. She combines the job with the running her own internet clothing business.
As spokesman for the Riddle campaign said "Congressman Riddle was a making a private address to donors, but he does feel that his opponent unsuited to be our next Governor, and that he is best to build on the excellent record of Governor Ritchie". The Gelsey campaign has yet to make a formal reply.
All the current polls point to the race being a close race, a NBS poll last weekend had the race: Ridde (R) 47% Gelsey (D) 46% Reid (Southern Rights) 2%, Undecided: 5%