NJDewd saidI dont know what to expect next in the Sunshine State! Buddy reminds me of Buddy MacKay who of course lost to Jeb Bush in the general election for Florida governor in Nov. 1998. That loss affected the presidential election of 2000 - in that per Florida law if MacKay had won the winning party of the previous gubernatorial election get stop billing on the following presidential ballot - so if Gore was listed first, there would be no butterfly ballot, no miscast votes for Nader etc! True! And ironically Buddy MacKay did become governor without ever running again when Gov. Lawton Chiles, who Buddy served with as Lt Gov. (and was term-limited and couldnt run again in that Nov. 1998 race) died unexpectedly on Dec. 12, 1998 and MacKay served the 23 remaining days of Chiles' term until Jeb Bush was sworn in On Jan. 5, 1999.
You are correct regarding your history, however, Buddy Dyer and Buddy MacKay are as different as night and day.
I was a delegate to the 1996 Florida Democratic Party Convention in Tampa where MacKay was basically introduced to us as the leading candidate. I went as an uncommitted delegate, but halfway through MacKay's speech to the delegates, I thought...."I have had enough of this guy--he is not electable." Someone had given me a MacKay button to wear. I took it off my jacket, stuck it in my pocket and sought out a representative from Bob Butterworth's campaign (Broward County native--remember him, ART_DECO?) and told them, "MacKay is a joke. I'm your guy now!!"
Buddy Dyer is much more of a progressive than MacKay ever was, but the latest out of Orlando is Dyer might be tapped for a position in the Obama Administration in January. No one is sure of the job, but the scuttlebutt started a couple of days ago.
Like I said, Dyer does not have the statewide recognition other candidates like Crist and Sink do and the Washington gig may be his only out. Dyer was in the State Senate for a couple of terms, so back to Tallahassee could be an option. A run for Congress in 2014 would be an option, however, he lives in the 8th District and it is a given that Val Demings will run again to knock off Toxic Republican Daniel Webster.