Ready for Hillary? According to Monday’s email from the Lenny Curry campaign’s “Let’s Keep Alvin Honest” account, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is.
The email posits that “Democrat Alvin Brown [is] Dreaming of His Next Clinton DC Job.”
“Democrat Alvin Brown, a liberal appointee to Bill Clinton‘s White House, might think he’s one step closer to his next job with yesterday’s announcement from Hillary Clinton of her run for President,” the email asserts.
The email goes on to point out that “the Times-Union reported that a top Clinton advisor, James Carville, had come to Jacksonville to let us know that ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Brown] would be a top choice for a senior Cabinet seat.'”
In addition to reminding Jacksonville voters of Brown’s work in the Clinton Administration (in the 1990s, Brown was an aide to Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown), the message also asserts that the Jacksonville mayor was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where he voted for the re-nomination of Barack Obama.
The message also delineates that the Jacksonville Mayor’s relationship with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, which the mayor has extolled in campaign messaging for months, essentially breaks down to “It’s Complicated.” Before he was Jacksonville mayor, Brown gave a maximum contribution to failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in 2008.
Since being elected Jacksonville mayor, however, Brown has kept his partisan tendencies under wraps. “Just a few months ago, ” the email asserts, “Brown refused to answer if he voted for fellow Democrat Charlie Crist in the 2014 election.”
The email hints at possible attack ads to come, while also reminding the mayor that though he certainly has partisan ties that he can capitalize on in fundraising and on the campaign trail, using those resources will come at the expense of his messaging as a leader equally comfortable with Republicans, Democrats, and independents.