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Andel launches GOP congressional bid, calls for ‘restoring conservative principles’

by George Bennett | May 7th, 2013


JUNO BEACH — About 100 people turned out this morning as two-term Councilwoman Ellen Andel launched her Republican bid for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat held by freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

In what could be a crowded GOP primary, Andel staked out conservative positions in an outdoor speech by the town hall.

“Washington could gain some valuable insights about the way we do things here in Juno Beach,” Andel said, noting the town is debt-free while the federal debt is nearing $17 trillion.

“This race is about restoring conservative principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free-market ideas and strong national security. It’s about promoting policies that lessen crippling regulation, reduce the tax burden and simplify the tax code. This is the only way that we will create economic growth and opportunity,” Andel said.

Andel, 46, was accompanied by her husband and two daughters. Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Ira Sabin and St. Lucie County GOP Chairman Bill Paterson — both neutral in the primary — were on hand.

Andel will likely face several Republican rivals for a seat that is a national priority for the GOP. Other Republicans who have shown interest in the race include state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, former state Rep. Carl Domino, St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest, businessman Gary Uber and former Derby, Conn., mayor Alan Schlesinger.

6 Responses to “Andel launches GOP congressional bid, calls for ‘restoring conservative principles’”

  1. Dick Says:

    Dem seat, Murphy wins. Everyone save their money.

  2. give the gal a chance Says:

    Schlesinger and his new possie shouldn’t waste their time or money. He’s a carpetbagger. Ellen won’t win, but she’ll give Murphy a run for his money.

  3. Elizabeth Cargolux Says:

    Ellen Andel is a refreshing change on the scene. We want someone who is honest and responsible like Ellen. A true Conservative who wants to help bring this country back on track on American values and fiscal accountability. Her goal is simple and easy to understand, I like that.

  4. Waste of Money Says:

    Here’s something to think about.

    Last July, when CBS News tallied it up — using the non-partisan Congressional Research Service figure of $24 million per work week in the House — they figured that the House had spent 80 hours on 33 repeal votes, for a grand total of $48 million. That’s $1.45 million per vote. There have been another three repeal votes since then, for another $4.4 million to the tally.

    So, we’re at a grand total of $52.4 million wasted on futile Obamacare repeal votes, just in the House. And that’s being generous to the Republicans, not counting committee time wasted on this, the opportunity cost of delaying other work, etc. It’s probably a lot closer to $55 million.

    And if you ask those 70 new GOP members who are insisting on having their turn to cast a meaningless vote on settled law why they want to be in Congress, they’ll tell you it’s to stop big government from wasting taxpayer dollars.

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    So, GOP members waste money and Democrats don’t? Thanks for taking the time to do your research on GOP or was it a copy and paste from HuffPost or the like websites?
    I just took a glance at the US National Debt Clock, it is over 16 Trillions and changing so fast I get dizzy looking at the number.

  6. Searcher1 Says:

    She would be better than Allen West, but not by much……

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