'Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Hunter returns, Miller campaigns

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 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.

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NewsMakers: Don Hunter, Part 1

Will he run for Collier sheriff again?

NewsMakers: Don Hunter, Part 2

He missed the element of danger.

Don Hunter

Lytle: When the announcement was made that you were going to back into law enforcement as the chief of police, you were quoted as saying that you did miss certain elements of the work, including a sense of excitement and threat. Really?

Hunter: Yes.

Lytle: Really? You miss the sense of threat?

Hunter: I do. The adrenaline pump that you get from being engaged in law enforcement is something that I think all law enforcement officers miss when they retire.

The threat meaning, you know, you plug into a number of different organizations, including the local sheriff’s office, but also the FBI, and you’re back engaged in certain information that is not generally shared with the public until such time as necessary.

But there is a sense of threat involved in law enforcement on a daily basis. You do miss that.

Also discussed this morning at 10 on ABC7: Does he regret leaving the Sheriff’s Department? What is it like to work with a smaller budget? How is Sheriff Kevin Rambosk doing?

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NewsMakers: Craig Miller

What sets him apart from candidates?

Craig Miller

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?

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