Did Maria Sachs make it easier for Ellyn Bogdanoff to run?

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Many of us recall the knock-down drag-out race two years ago between Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff and Democrat Maria Sachs.  A race that was neck-and neck down to the wire (in fact, a late October poll had Bogdanoff up three points coming into the home stretch) until the Sachs team scored this amazing knock-out punch.

With that very effective ad — calling Bogdanoff on the carpet for her support of a bill to hurt nursing home residents when they’ve been injured in a lawsuit — Sachs overcame the three point deficit and won the newly-drawn and highly competitive seat.

Now that the rumor mill is in full-swing and the smart money is betting on Bogdanoff to seek a rematch, will Sachs open her parry with that winning message?

But first, pause for a moment and think back to April 3 — a little over a month ago.

It was there on the floor of the Senate that Maria Sachs voted in favor of CS/CS/SB 670. The bill passed easily (36-3) with very little debate.  That bill should have a familiar ring to readers of this blog.  As covered here, this is the nursing home tort reform bill that was (surprisingly) supported by the trial lawyers association (FJA.)  In fact this is essentially the same bill that had been moving around the legislature for quite some time and according to the Miami Herald, the nursing home industry had “been seeking a version of this bill for years.”

Yes, this was the issue that Sachs so effectively used to thwart Bogdanoff in their political melee.

And yes, this was nearly the same bill that Sachs herself voted for on April 3rd.

I guess we won’t be seeing that ad again.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.