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Philip Levine Brings Governor's Bid to Tiger Bay

Tom Flanigan

The candidate most polls now say is the Democratic front-runner for Florida governor spoke in Tallahassee today (Tuesday, 3/27). Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meeting.

For starters, Levine called himself a different kind of Democrat.

“I’m not right and I’m not left. I’m forward. I’m pro-people and I’m pro-business.”

Levine added he favored putting the matter of an assault weapon ban on the ballot, predicting it would pass overwhelmingly in Florida. And he professed a deep appreciation for state employees.

“And I know how important these people are and how important it is to make sure they’re excited, motivated, focused and they believe they’re part of something bigger than themselves. And I know we can achieve that in Florida.”

Levine faces a hotly contested Democratic primary election against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando Businessman Chris King.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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