Congressional candidate Lynch says he’s champion of small biz and vets, victim of vengeful fedsby George Bennett | January 11th, 2010
Lynch says he’s been battling the federal bureaucracy since 2007 to receive about $5 million for remodeling work his DeLeon Industries did on a VA hospital in Miami. While waiting for the money, Lynch says he was unable to pay some subcontractors, who filed court claims against DeLeon Industries. That explanation was included in a column published today.
Later today, Lynch released a statement accusing the feds of delaying payments “because I refused to sit idly by and watch the V. A. Medical Center in Miami and its corrupt administration put our veterans’ health at risk while wasting taxpayer money.”
Read Lynch’s entire statement after the jump….
From Ed Lynch’s campaign:
A recent article in The Palm Beach Post, (“GOP Hopeful Jabs at Rival by Revealing Money Issues”) reported several rehashed allegations of financial dealings that occurred during the normal course of business with one of Edward Lynch’s companies, DeLeon Industries.
What The Post article fails to distinguish for the benefit of its readers is that there is an enormous difference between a business that fails because of the fault of the owner and when the federal government intentionally reneged on its financial obligations to DeLeon Industries. This is nothing more than politics as usual, and the person who brought this to the attention of the press, for the second time, is ignorant of the fact that his needless mudslinging only serves to further divide the Republican electorate.
“This election is too important to our nation and the future of our children to play politics as usual”, said Lynch.
“Our federal government will bail out big businesses calling them “too big to fail”, however small business, which is the backbone of the American economy, endures endless bureaucracy and red tape.”
“I understand what small business goes through when dealing with the government, and that is one of the reasons I am running for Congress. The federal government has delayed payment to my company for several years because I refused to sit idly by and watch the V. A. Medical Center in Miami and its’ corrupt administration put our veterans’ health at risk while wasting taxpayer money.”
“I had to pay several hundred thousand dollars to sub-contractors and suppliers, acting as a bank for the federal government, while placing my company under significant financial hardship to keep small businesses afloat. While I have pursued a claim that we filed against the government in July, 2007, I have allowed those owed monies on these projects to place liens and file judgments to protect their rights since the federal government does not allow businesses to place liens on federal property.”
“I have paid a personal and financial price for fighting for the rights of our veterans. If the V. A. Medical Center in Miami is the best that we have to offer our veterans, that is not acceptable to me and I will continue to fight on their behalf until there is no more corruption, no more waste and our veterans get the facility that they deserve.”