If you didn’t know already, William D. Rankin, newbie Democrat and recent transplant from Cincinatti, OH, is running for the position of Florida State CFO against Jeff Atwater (R), Incumbent and lifetime Florida resident.
Rankin has personally accused me of being an operative for Jeff Atwater (bwahahahaha…DEEP BREATH…hahahahahahaha) in lieu of answering questions about his sketchy background.
But this was a team, and bi-partisan, effort to make sure that voters have the best candidates available for consideration, no matter their party affiliation. We can clearly work together…..now why can’t our representatives and leadership?
Though I appreciate the kudos from the local news sources, this all started when local Democratic leaders and legal professionals in Palm Beach County, a progressive activist in Broward County (of whom I’m now a huge fan, despite our political differences), and a well-respected West Palm Beach attorney with whom I have the daily pleasure of working, started asking questions. Each individual received a wave-of-the-hand dismissal by William David Rankin when they demanded answers.
One answer from Rankin (about his potential performance if elected to be the Florida State CFO) was quoted as, “I can’t be any worse.” Who says that?
I’m simply the girl that writes on politics, loves research and works in social media. This guy was right up my alley, unfortunately for him.
I’ve had the displeasure of listening to Rankin, in person, bloat his military experience while simultaneously omitting other dubious dealings. That was on Veterans Day. When I thanked him for his service, he said about his CID job, “It was easy.” Yeah. Almost as easy as duping your party’s leadership, I suppose.
That’s when I got involved in the search for the Real William Rankin. When he inferred that he (as a mid-level enlisted who had been med-boarded out) spent eleven years creating and implementing policy for the US Army CID, I was shocked. What E-6/E-7 says that?
At the end of the day, we are a community of educated and concerned voters. We are residents with families and community ties and care about local and state policy as much as federal policy.
Be warned if you decide to run: We will vet you, we will ensure you’re qualified, and if you are the right person for the job, we will vote for you based on well-supported research and due diligence.
Author’s note: I did reach out to Rankin’s previous employers and partners (that we’ve found so far) to no avail. No one is rushing to Rankin’s rescue. There have been a few material changes to his website bio as his story keeps changing. I look forward to Rankin’s withdrawal from this race.
Sunshine News Columnist reports:
William Rankin: He’s Allie Braswell All Over Again | Sunshine State News by Nancy Smith, Columnist