Here Comes Talkin' Lawton

A legendary figure seeks Florida's statehouse with a message so quaint no other candidate would try it. He might make it work.

In his loose madras shirt, khaki pants and soft-soled walking shoes, Lawton Chiles looks more like a vacationing tourist than a candidate for Governor of Florida. His campaign speeches are rambling mixtures of anecdote and issue, delivered in the disarmingly earnest tone of an idealistic outsider. And like an outsider he rails against the corrupting influence of big money on politics. "We have a chance to show that a campaign doesn't have to be about who can put $15 million in the bank and who can hire the best negative advertising firm," he declares. "We want to show that people count...