How does the average voter make a decision on who is the best candidate. Do you read the information on their website? Does the number of signs influence your decision? Does the number of mailers or radio commercials sway you? Do you listen to the debates or candidate interviews? No doubt, it can be a cumbersome task in this busy world. But even the most informed voter may miss a very important piece of information and that is to check and see who are the contributors to a specific campaign.
There are two candidates running for State Senate in the Republican primary. Political newcomer, businesswoman, Monique Miller is running against incumbent Thad Altman. What if I told you that the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) and special interests are donating huge amounts of money to help current Senator Thad Altman keep his seat. It’s probably no surprise to you that the ‘good ole boys’ are heavily involved but I’ll bet you are surprised to hear about the RPOF donations just as much as I was.
RPOF has a rules stating that they will not endorse or financially assist one Republican over another in a primary race. Imagine my surprise this morning when I opened my email only to find that the RPOF party contributed close to $30,000 dollars to the Thad Altman campaign earlier this month. Leslie Dougher was just elected Chairman of the RPOF last month. When she was asked why one Republican primary candidate is being supported over the other, her written reply was “The RPOF will continue to support and promote the excellent work done by Governor Scott, the Cabinet, Senate and House.”
To summarize, Republicans elected a woman to the top seat of their party in Florida, and one of her very first actions is to break her own rules to undermine the campaign of a female candidate for State Senate. I never thought I would say this, but maybe the Democrats are right when they accuse Republicans of being at war with women. After all, if elected, Ms. Miller would be the first female Republican Senator to represent Brevard County in history.
Shouldn’t the GOP be using your contributions to fight against the Democrat party and not another Republican? Is there a hidden agenda in which the RPOF must fight to protect? Can it be that all the rumors are true and that the Republican party is rejecting true conservatives and doing everything they can to just keep the status quo? After all, this is a primary and shouldn’t all the Republican candidates be treated equally until after the voters decides who is to be the winner? Are you feeling just a little manipulated?
I would like to add two other important points:
1. The local Brevard Repubican Executive Committee (BREC) did not play a role in the $30,000 donation to Thad Altman.
2. The Space Coast Liberty Caucus, which is a fund created to support Thad Altman, is not in any way affiliated with the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group that stands for true Republican values. One can only surmise Altman’s fund’s name was chosen to confuse you, the electorate. The Space Coast Liberty Caucus has been largely funded by the Protect Our Liberty leadership fund, which is associated with Senator President-designate, Andy Gardiner. Altman’s fund has received nearly about $110,000 in its one-month existence. Now you can understand why your mailbox is full and the commercials are running almost every hour. What threat does conservative Monique Miller pose to the Republican establishment? Is there more here than what meets the eye?
No matter how much money they throw at their candidate, the real power still lies with us, the voters, should we choose to exercise it. We can no longer tell the GOP apart from the ‘good ole boys’, so on August 26, I’ll be voting to send a smart lady to Tallahassee instead.
7/26: I have received an update that the amount donated by the RPOF to the Thad Altman campaign is estimated to more like $60,000 than the $30,000 amount noted in this article.
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