Jack Seiler says Democrats need moderate candidates to win statewide

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler


Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler thinks the Democratic Party needs to nominate moderate candidates if wants to win statewide elections.

Seiler, a former state representative and former Wilton Manors mayor, is one of those moderate Democrats. He considered running for governor in 2014, but has signaled any statewide candidacy isn’t likely in next year’s election.

He’s obviously thought about what it takes to win statewide elections, something his party hasn’t been very good at in recent decades.

Here’s what he said in an interview last month:

“I think at times we are picking our most extreme candidates, and I think we’ve got to try to make sure we get back to the more moderate Democrats that have succeeded in the past. Florida is a very moderate state. It is not a state that is extreme left or extreme right. It’s a moderate state.  We need to move to the middle. We need to be that big tent in the middle.

“We tend to kind of have our most extreme candidates come out of the primary and then can’t get back to the middle to win the general.

“The party can be more to the left in certain states and do very well. The party in Florida needs to be moderate. At any given time you’ve basically got 40 percent of this population Democratic, 40 percent of this population Republican, and 20 percent in the middle that are going to go either way. That middle 20 is who’s going to decide those elections.”