Due to TV coverage of Hurricane Irene, "Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle" has been pre-empted and will air Sunday afternoon at 12:30 on ABC7.
Local public safety and national politics are in the spotlight on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. on ABC7.
Don Hunter, for 20 years the sheriff of Collier County and now the police chief of Marco Island, answers questions from readers and the host about why he came back to work, what he missed and whether he would try to be sheriff again.
Craig Miller of Orlando explains why his role of CEO of restaurant chains, including Uno, sets him apart in the Republican field to challenge Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson next year.
Text and video highlights are on naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
NewsMakers: Craig Miller
What sets him apart from candidates?
Lytle: You mention a business background, but sometimes that’s not enough. Jeff Green ran for governor, as Democrat last time, spent a ton of his own money. Look what happened. (Gov.) Rick Scott spent a ton of his own money, business background, he got elected, but he’s having a rough go in his first year. So what else do you need? Being a business guy and having money is not enough.
Miller: You bet. And it is a combination, I think, of life’s experiences, Jeff. It’s not just about being a business person, although I think the experiences you gain from signing the front of the check, putting capital to work, running public companies, taking companies public, convincing both your employees and your guests that you know you’re producing a high-quality product that generates returns for you — all of those experiences is what I bring.
And it’s that difference, I believe. And I have my 15 years of work with the association — in the National Restaurant Association — same association that Herman Cain worked for, OK? And the association worked on issues.
The restaurant industry is one of the largest private sector employers. All of the issues — whether it’s immigration, health care, wage laws, competition, all of those things — are issues that face our industry that I have helped lead over the last 15 years.
Also discussed this morning at 12:30 p.m. on ABC7: How he can build a strategy to beat the incumbent, Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; where is Nelson vulnerable?