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Busted Florida Dem resigns from statewide race within 96 hours

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allie-braswellAllie Braswell, who had announced his candidacy as the Democratic candidate for the office of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Thursday, tendered his resignation from the race Monday, claiming in a press release “I underestimated how my campaign would affect those I care about most.”

Questions about Braswell’s qualifications to run the state’s finances surfaced when the Florida Times-Union disclosed that he’d filed for bankruptcy three times within less than 15 years. The last bankruptcy, a reorganization, was dismissed when he defaulted on his payment plan.

This has to be one of the shortest statewide races in Florida political history. Braswell went from “exactly the kind of leader we need in Tallahassee” according to party chair Allison Tant, to “not ready for the rigors of a statewide campaign,” according to party spokesman Joshua Karp — all within the span of 96 hours.

Had he stayed in the running, Braswell would have face off against Republican incumbent and Palm Beach County native Jeff Atwater in the November, 2014 election.

According to FlaglerLive:

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi make up an all-GOP Cabinet and plan to run for re-election. Each won by at least 13 percentage points in 2010.

Atwater has already raised $195,125 in cash for his re-election bid and received $366,651 in in-kind contributions, state elections records show.

Florida GOP chair Lenny Curry wasn’t lacking comment in the form of advice for his Democratic counterpart.

“Allie Braswell had better sense to drop out than Allison Tant did to endorse him,” Curry said in a statement. “To back a candidate in charge of Florida’s finances without vetting that candidate’s handling of his personal finances shows either a high level of incompetence or a new level of desperation for Allison Tant.”

Braswell is president of the Orlando-based Central Florida Urban League.

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