“No bill with an economic impact in Florida should be passed without analyzing and predicting the change in the tax burden to the typical Florida family of four," Wallace said, as he tries introducing policy initiatives to attract attention in his now underdog role in the race.
Wallace previously served in the Florida House in the 90's (1994-2002), and announced way back in February that he wasn't afraid to take on then-incumbent Jim Norman, already scarred politically from the Ralph Hughes scandal.
But Norman wasn't apparently that scarred within the Republican Party of Florida, as only first-time candidate John Korsak had the temerity to challenge the former longtime County Commissioner.
Wallace then got in - but only once the scrambling began with the newly drawn districts did we see Pasco Representative John Legg get into the race - and with it came Norman's departure from the race. Then seemingly the entire Florida GOP establishment behind him. And Wallace, understandably, doesn't like it.
"I have no problem with people like Corcoran, Fasano, Weatherford, " he says of Pasco area Republicans who are endorsing Legg in the SD-17 race, which encompasses parts of both Pasco and Hillsborough counties. "They know Legg, they want to work with him, that's fine. But for Tallahassee to come in, that's wrong. In the long run it hurts the party. It may be expedient in this case or a couple of cases around the state, but they really need to stay out of it."
Wallace spoke to CL last week at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce "Hob Nob," where he finished third in the straw poll behind Legg and Democrat Wes Johnson.
Wallace believes the orchestrated endorsements for Legg indicate a leadership struggle in Tallahassee, and believes the voters in District 17 will resent that, saying of the party establishment that "the tent's big and so they've got a lot of power and a lot of clout, but I think they got it wrong on this one. I think they should allow the people to decide and not interfere, and that's really the shame of it.
"The constitution says the power is inherent in the people? In Tallahassee it has it a little different. They think that power is inherent in the people of Tallahassee."
If you go by fundraising and endorsements, Wallace has no shot. In campaign financial disclosure documents released late last week, the former state legislator is getting creamed, with Legg raising more than $140,000 more dollars than Wallace.
In the breakdown financially, Legg leads all the candidates in the Senate race with $168,422 raised. Democrat Wes Johnson was second with $24,905. Wallace announced that he had raised $22,760 and John Korsak came in last there with $16,420 raised.