Compilation of Father’s Day messages from Florida’s elected officials and politicians

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A compilation of Father’s Day message from Florida’s elected officials and politicians.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio offered this op-ed.

“This Father’s Day, I’m reminded of the many sacrifices my dad made to give me the chance at a life better than his. I’m also reminded of the smaller moments he and I shared as a father and son.

“I’ll never forget when I was a boy and the doctor told me I had to wear leg braces to correct knee problems. I often refused to put them on. But every day when I refused, the phone would ring and – to my great surprise – on the other end would be Don Shula, head coach of the Miami Dolphins. “If you want to play for me one day,” he’d say, “you’d better put on those braces.”

“It didn’t occur to me until years later that, unlike Coach Shula, the man on the phone had a Cuban accent and sounded suspiciously like my dad.

“Funny as that is, it also touches me. It reminds me that my father was more than merely present in my life, he was active, caring and encouraged me to dream. He truly believed that, with love and support, his children would achieve the things he never could.

“Now that I’m a father, I think back on his example and strive to live up to it.”

Governor Rick Scott offers this video message:

Former Governor Charlie Crist:

“Happy Father’s Day to my dad, the original Charlie Crist. I am so grateful for his love, support, and guidance.”

Congressional candidate Gwen Graham:

“There is no one I look up to more than my father. From his boundless knowledge and empathy to his complete dedication to service, my father has taught me what it truly means to put others first. My dad maintained the same passion through all 38 consecutive years in public office, from his first day in the Florida House of Representatives to his last day as a United States Senator, and continuing further into his current “retirement” (he’s still pretty active if you ask me).

“It is because of the commitment my father has shown to the state that he loves so much that his role outside of the public eye is so inspiring. You would’ve never guessed my father was serving as Governor as we were growing up in Tallahassee since he was always finding the time to support his four daughters, even after seemingly endless work days.

“Now as a grandfather to eleven grandchildren, the constant care and affection my dad (or “Doodle” as we call him, coined by my daughter when she was young) gives to my three children and their eight cousins has picked up right where he left off raising us many years ago.

“Without my father, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, and our state wouldn’t be the same. My dad has shown me firsthand what a person can accomplish in Washington when there is a love and devotion for service that isn’t clouded by partisan gridlock. With your help, I will continue my father’s tradition by being your independent voice in Congress.

“I love my dad, and am so lucky that I get to spend so much time with him on the trail. If you were to ask him what he’s busy with right now, he says “helping Gwen get elected.” I am one lucky daughter.”

Congressional candidate Calvin Turnquest has a long, but worth-reading message here.

State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto:

“Happy Father’s Day my dad and all the great men out there making a positive influence in a child’s life!”

State Senator Alan Williams:

Sunday, is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the love and affection that we hold for our fathers.  Being a father is an honor and a responsibility, one that I cherish every day.  As a young boy it was my father who helped me develop the skills necessary to realize my ambition and to become successful in life.  His unconditional love made me feel special and important.  He always pushed me in making sure that I was motivated and disciplined.  My father encouraged action from me; he wanted me to be creative and innovative, and insisted that I work on something positive every day.  My father instilled in me the values of having a strong mind and body, and he taught me to work hard, to never be afraid of failure, to never give up and to think big.

State Representative Matt Hudson:

“Happy Fathers Day! I thank my dad Chuck Hudson for helping to make me who I am!”

State Representative Seth McKeel, via Twitter:

“Happy Fathers Day! And special thanks to mine for showing me how to do it. Summer isn’t the same without you man.”

State Representative Bryan Nelson:

“Three generations of Nelson fathers and sons, Earl, Bryan and Reed, wish your fathers and grandfathers a great Father’s Day!”

State Representative Greg Steube, via Twitter:

“Happy Father’s Day!”

State Representative Dana Young, via Twitter:

“To all you Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! I hope you enjoy your special day!”

State House candidate Chris Latvala:

“Happy Father’s Day to all dads. I am thankful to be one of the lucky ones who has a great dad who has helped mold me into the man that I am today. I hope every dad, and especially mine has a great Father’s Day weekend.”

Judicial candidate Michael Scionti:

“On special days like today, we gather to celebrate the gift of a father’s love and the countless ways fathers have brought purpose and meaning to our lives.”As I reflect upon my own father, I am reminded of the fine example he set for me and the many life lessons he taught –the importance of a good education, the value of hard work and the principle of always doing what’s right.Thank You, Dad. I miss you…

“Happy Father’s Day celebration to all!”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer:

“One of my greatest achievements in life is being a father. Father’s Day may officially be celebrated once a year, but the contributions fathers and father figures make in our community every day are visible all year long. To all of the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and friends, I wish you a wonderful Father’s Day.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.