Phil Levine laying low in gubernatorial race - Florida Politics

Phil Levine laying low in gubernatorial race

As Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum and Chris King talked issues to a packed ballroom in their first Democratic gubernatorial forum Saturday at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Phil Levine was nowhere to be seen.

The Miami Beach Mayor isn’t officially running for anything (right now), so he’s on a different wavelength than his would-be Democratic competitors.

“I’m still thinking, I’m still exploring,” he said Saturday night, right before the commencement of official festivities at the FDP’s Leadership Blue Gala.

Of course, the question might be how well Levine might be received in a Democratic forum, considering he talked openly in Tampa last month of running as an independent.

On Saturday, he was trotting out what has become his adopted title — Radical Centrist.

“We’ll see where my product sells best,” is all he would say when asked if he was serious about going the indie route.

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So far, Levine’s not making any commitments, saying only: “I should have some interesting news in the fall.”

The 55-year-old mayor was accompanied by his date, Caro Muriano. The two recently engaged, and are expecting a child.

 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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