ALL ABOARD FLORIDA EMERGES AS KEY ISSUE OF 2014 ELECTION

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:00pm

By Jim Tuner, The News Service of Florida

Opponents of the rail plan say they need to hear more out of Tallahassee to keep the local fight from becoming a runaway election issue for the governor.

 “We would appreciate (Scott’s) voice to the Federal Railroad Administration saying, ‘We need make sure this project is feasible before you’re spending or loaning one penny of taxpayer dollars,’ ” said K.C. Traylor, who helped create Florida Not All Aboard, one of the key opposition groups to the return of passenger rail service along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.
Florida Atlantic University Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Wagner said he wasn’t sure All Aboard Florida would become a deal breaker for any statewide race. But, he added, “If enough voters are thinking about the issue, then even statewide politicians will have to address it at least in this area.”

 “In any election it’s not how big an issue it is with the average person, it is how big it is with motivated voters,” Wagner said in an email. “In this case, I think the politicians are worried that a large enough segment of the voters will vote on this issue.”