Charlie Crist taps former Biden-Harris campaign lead to top senior voter push

Charlie Crist
Floridians 65 and older make up 21% of the state population.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has tapped a former campaign lead for now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in his bid to retake the Florida governorship.

Crist announced Friday that Lou Grossman of Sarasota, who served as seniors vote director for the 2020 Biden-Harris ticket, will serve as a top adviser for his campaign’s senior outreach efforts.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lou Grossman to our team in our fight to build a Florida for all,” Crist said in a statement. “Florida’s seniors deserve nothing less than a campaign laser-focused on the issues important to them like access to healthcare, affordable housing, nursing home safety, cost of prescription drugs, and many more — all of which will be a cornerstone in our fight to take back the Governor’s mansion in 2022.”

Floridians 65 and older are a vital voting bloc, comprising more than a fifth of the state population, or about 4.51 million residents, according to U.S. Census figures.

A veteran of local and state campaigns, Grossman’s resumé on senior interests is broad and deep. He is the founder and president of the Sarasota County Seniors Democratic Caucus and a board member of the State Seniors Caucus and State Seniors Organizing Council. He is also a member of the Sarasota County Democratic Executive Committee and the Black, Stonewall and Jewish Caucuses.

He was elected as a Biden delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention before joining the Biden-Harris campaign full-time.

A Philadelphia-to-Sarasota transplant, he taught as an adjunct professor of strategic communications at Temple University before launching his own public relations firm, Grossman Public Relations Counselors, in 1985.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


4 comments

  • PeterH

    September 10, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    As a Florida fiscal conservative ‘never Trumper ’ ….. I will be voting in the mid terms for any candidate who is not a Republican. Today’s Republican Party is in the hands of incompetent leadership. Like the Whig Party …..The GQP must first be destroyed so that it can be rebuilt anew! Hopefully after the purge ….new leadership can propose a new Party platform devoid of stupid!

    Reply

    • David C.

      September 10, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      The USA, the greatest and most envied nation in the history of the world, is currently in the hands of dangerously incompetent, criminally corrupt,, deceptive, dishonest, military-loathing and capitalism-hating Maoist “leadership” in OUR White House. It’s absolutely disgusting that these swamp creatures have, with the aid of their partners in socialistic propaganda, the mainstream media, have slithered into the hallowed halls of OUR White House and Capitol.

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    • Evan Miller

      September 11, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Never Trumper is synonymous with Democrat.

      Reply

  • Phil Morton

    September 10, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Good choice. Lou will be great in this new job.

    Reply

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