A great article on a colorful man
When Claude Kirk passed away last year in Palm Beach aged 85, eulogies were forthcoming but most focused on the basics of Kirk’s existence: he was the first post reconstruction GOP governor, lost re-election, switched parties, switched back, and was a colorful character. All of that is true, but what was missed is how his shadow has hung over the Florida Democratic Party for almost 50 years now.
Kirk shocked political observers by tapping into widespread discontent with the liberal direction of the national Democratic party with his huge 1966 Gubernatorial upset win. Anger about the 1964 Civil Rights Act still was prevalent and after Robert King High, a Miami liberal who supported Civil Rights upset incumbent Governor Haydon Burns in the primary, the die was cast. Kirk, running without a party infrastructure routed High in the General. Republicans which had already come to prominence in Pinellas, Orange, Broward and…
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