Jeff Atwater camp dismisses Allie Braswell’s entrance into CFO race

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Reacting to the news that Allie Braswell, the CEO of the Central Florida Urban League and a former Marine Corps veteran, will run for the Democratic nomination to run for CFO, the current occupant of that office, Jeff Atwater, does not sound too concerned.

“Mr. Braswell and Democrats want to focus on politics well over a year before Election Day,” said Brian Hughes, a spokesman for Atwater’s campaign. “Jeff Atwater is focused on serving Floridians by working to bring relief to insurance ratepayers and fighting the consumer fraud that steals from seniors and families.”  

Meanwhile, the Florida Democratic Party couldn’t be happier with Braswell’s running.

“I am thrilled that Allie Braswell is running for Florida’s CFO, because he’s exactly the kind of leader we need in Tallahassee. We need a leader who will fight the politicians who are giving taxpayer money to their donors and friends. Floridians deserve a leader who will fight to hold government accountable, and attract new jobs to our state,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.

 Continued Tant: “Floridians deserve better than Jeff Atwater, who is looking out for the big special interests — not middle class Floridians.  From the Marines to the corporate boardroom to the streets of Orlando, Allie has always served his country and his community. While an executive at Disney, Allie cut budgets without cutting jobs. As the CEO of the Central Florida Urban League, Allie turned around a struggling organization. I’m proud he’s running for CFO.”

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