What’s next for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham?
It could be serving meals to the homeless, caring for zoo animals, bringing food to hospital patients or a myriad of other possibilities.
As part of a request for campaign cash, Graham’s campaign sent out a survey Friday ask potential donors to weigh on her next “workday.”
Graham, who served a term in Congress and didn’t seek re-election after her Northwest Florida was redrawn, has adopted the “workdays” tactic of her father, former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.
It’s worth noting that elder Graham’s workdays have been co-opted by a number of other politicos, including Republicans like state Rep. Matt Caldwell, who’s running for agriculture commissioner.
Back to Gwen Graham, though, some of the options posed in the SurveyMonkey questionnaire give respondents the choices of having the candidate:
— Deliver meals to patients at a local hospital;
— Clean up a neighborhood park;
— Serve meals at a homeless shelter;
— Work at a treatment facility for people struggling with addiction;
— Volunteer and support teachers at a school;
— Care for animals at a zoo.
Fans can also make their own suggestions for “a local business or organization where you think Gwen should spend a Workday.”
The job selected, which would be undertaken in the fall, would be Graham’s 42nd “workday.”
So far this year, Graham has pitched in working full shifts at a high school, a reintegration program and health clinics, “and more,” according to the pitch.
After being dared by a teacher in 1974 to teach a civics class at Carol City High School in Miami Lakes, Bob Graham undertook a series of 100, eight-hour “workdays.” Back then, Graham was as a little known state legislator embarking on a gubernatorial run in 1977.
By the time he left office in 2005, the two-term governor and three-term U.S. Senator had completed nearly 1,000 “workdays” — including lobster fisherman, mullet gutter, plumber,counterterrorism agent, housewife and downskeeper during an FSU-UF football game.
— By Jim Turner.