Having moved up to third in the polls, Florida Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Greene is crossing the state with four weeks to go until the primary.
Greene launched his “Fighting for Florida” bus tour on Saturday in Palm Beach County and he took aim at Republicans as he kicked off his trip.
“Twenty years of Republican governors have left Florida in a state of emergency,” Greene said. “Our public schools are 40th in the country, and children are afraid of being shot in their classrooms. We’re ranked 38th for health-care affordability, and Trump and Tallahassee Republicans have waged war on women’s reproductive health-care rights. I’m running for governor to fight for Florida’s future, to stand up to Trump, and put children and families before special interests.
“There is nothing more important than meeting voters in their own communities,” Greene continued. “This tour is as much about listening to voters as it is about them hearing from me. I look forward to continuing the conversations we’ve started in communities across the state as we fight for a better future for Florida.”
Greene hit Palm Beach County and Orange County over the weekend. On Monday, he is scheduled to visit the First Coast and Alachua County before heading to Tampa Bay on Tuesday and returning to Orange County on Wednesday and back to Palm Beach County on Thursday. On Friday, Greene is scheduled to visit Miami-Dade County before spending the weekend campaigning in Martin County, Palm Beach County and Broward County.
Since entering the race at the start of June, Greene has spent millions from his considerable fortune and moved into third place in recent polls, putting him on the heels of former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and businessman Chris King. The primary will be held at the end of next month.
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