SB-6 divides Republicans in FL-Sen 10 race
Senate Bill 6, passed by the state legislature and vetoed less than a week ago by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, was the source of heated controversy even among Republicans. Republican leaders in the legislature fought for it, but it was vetoed by Crist and was attacked by several prominent Republicans, including state senator and gubernatorial hopeful Paul Dockery (see her op-ed) before it was even voted on. As it has elsewhere, SB-6 has become a bone of contention in district ten’s GOP primary.
Incumbent Sen. Ronda Storms, a member of the Senate K-12 education committee, voted for the bill, standing alongside the Republican leadership in both chambers. Storm’s official member’s page on the Florida Senate’s website does not list a press release discussing her vote (her campaign site is under construction).
Storms’ primary challenger, Paul Phillips, is much more lukewarm to the idea. From his campaign facebook page:
“Dockery gets it right, in my opinion. Loss of local control and other relevant issues make SB6 and its counterpart a less than favorable option.”
It remains to be seen how prominent a role education issues will play in the primary, but at the very least, this is a clear distinction between the two candidates, in a race that has been light on specific points of disagreement.