Republican Joe Budd seeks to oust new Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutchby George Bennett | April 24th, 2010
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, won the seat in an April 13 special election with 62.1 percent against Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick. Lynch was the GOP nominee after edging Budd by less than 1 percent in a three-candidate primary.The period for congressional candidates to pay filing fees and submit necessary paperwork to qualify for the 2010 ballot is next week, from noon Monday to noon Friday.
Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2-to-1 in the district and Barack Obama got 65 percent there in 2008. Budd will argue to Democratic voters that their “loyalty to the party has been taken advantage of.”
Read Budd’s complete candidate statement after the jump…..
Statement by Republican congressional District 19 candidate Joe Budd:
Our country is staring down some of the greatest threats, both domestic and foreign, that have ever faced this nation. We are in the midst of a troubled economy plagued by high unemployment, a continuing housing crisis and unsustainable national debt levels! We face threats from a foreign enemy of radicals hell bent on destroying our way of life and that of our ally Israel. These issues threaten the opportunity for future generations to enjoy the same prosperity, safety and freedoms past generations have fought so hard to preserve.
We need leaders in Washington who won’t blink in the face of these threats. Fiscal conservatives who will face the economic issues with an honest evaluation and then have the guts to make the right changes. Strong leaders who will identify and confront our enemies while standing firmly with our friends. Principled leaders who can be trusted to do what is best for their constituents and not what is best for themselves or the party they are affiliated with.
Some may say that I lack experience. I say they’re right! I have no experience in playing partisan politics. I have no experience being owned by big business or special interest groups. I operate a business where unlike the government I cannot spend more than I take in. Therefore, I balance my checkbook weekly. Like other small business owners who have experienced the ups and downs of economic cycles, we do not rely on bailouts. In the face of problems, my experience is the same as yours and every other generation of Americans throughout our history, we roll up our sleeves and we work tirelessly, we sacrifice and we overcome. We did not grow up in the age of entitlement.
The progressive movement is endangering the future of our children and grandchildren and must be stopped. District 19 is overwhelmingly democrat and your loyalty to the party has been taken advantage of. Look no further than the election of President Obama. This district voted for Hillary Clinton 2 to 1 in the 2008 primary yet the voters were betrayed by Robert Wexler who had made an early endorsement of Barack Obama. I spoke with Ted Deutch several times during the special election primary and he’s a nice guy, but he has publicly stated that he fully supports the policies of our President. Unfortunately, those policies are bad for America and have led to a deterioration of our relations with Israel, high unemployment, bigger government, record deficits and cuts to your medicare benefits. Our freedoms are at stake as our government continues to exert more control.
It is for these reasons that I have decided to run for United States Congress and ask that you will allow me the opportunity to serve District 19. I promise to serve you the only way I know how, with the honor and integrity that every American deserves. God Bless!