Why do 'unknown' people run for Fla. governor?

By Mike Vasilinda, Reporter, Capitol News Service
Published On: Jul 09 2014 04:39:39 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Some politicians are household names, but nine people paid thousands of dollars to run for governor. What drives totally unknown people to run for the state's highest office?

In addition to Monroe Lee, eight other people filed as write in candidates for governor. Experts said between them they'll be lucky to get more than 100 votes.

Florida's current governor enjoys virtually 100 percent name identification. Ditto for his main rival, but then he had the job before.

Nan Rich is the only other Democrat running and she's got virtually no name ID.

In August, voters will see three names on the GOP ballot for governor: Rick Scott, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neuunder and Yinka Adeshina -- maybe for the latter.

Adeshina had suspicious campaign filings. One shows a bank balance of just over $8,000, but her finance reports, before she stopped filing them, said she's raised almost $200,000.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner was asked about the discrepancy.

"For me to make any specific comments about that case would be, I think, premature and inappropriate," said Detzner.

Florida State University political scientist Carol Weissert was asked why people, particularly unknown people, run for governor.

"There may be people who just want to see their name on the ballot. It's easy to get on the ballot," said Weissert. "You can say you ran for office. They're not -- history would tell us they're probably not going to win."

Once the dust settles in August, there will still be four virtual unknowns who paid more than $5,000 each to be on the ballot, and then there is Lee running as a write-in.

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