I was able to attend the opening of Congressman Steve Southerland’s Campaign Headquarters this weekend. Steve has been in Congress since 2010. And he is squarely in the Democrat’s crosshairs. He was elected in what has come to be known as the “Tea Party” wave that gave the Republican Party control of the House of Representatives after the Democrats wrestled control on the Barack Obama hope and change mission to fundamentally change the United States of America.
Steve has come a long way in the 2 terms he has been in Congress. Never elected to public office before 2010, Steve defeated a 6 term so-called “Blue Dog” Democrat, Allen Boyd, to become the first Republican elected to Congress in the district since reconstruction.
It has been quite a ride for the Congressman who quite frankly never thought about a political career before 2010. But that was before Barack Obama’s election in 2008. That’s when things changed for Steve and the Nation. Seeing what was being done by Obama and the Democrats in the first 2 years of Obama’s first term motivated Steve to step up and run for Congress. Florida’s 2nd Congressional District consists of the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle and sits within 2 time-zones. It includes the counties of Washington, Bay, Jackson, Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Taylor and part of Madison county.
There has been a definite change in the way the people of NW Florida are being represented. Gone are the days when contacting your representative was the impossible dream. You can disagree with Steve but he is always available for the people he represents. This is a far cry from the previous Congressman who I personally watched turn his back to a decorated war veteran during a rare town hall event. The man (Allen Boyd) didn’t care to listen to those who he supposedly worked for.
Thankfully those days have passed. And now that Steve has proved not to be a fluke and is moving up the GOP membership rankings, Steve is squarely in the sights of the Democratic Party both here in Florida and Nationally.
Steve has said that Nancy Pelosi only rationale for returning to Congress is she feels that if the Democrats can defeat Republicans like Steve she can once again grab the “BIG” gavel from John Boehner and become Speaker of the House once again. Also that Conservatives should not underestimate her in her quest of re-obtain the speakership for the Democrats in the House.
And the reality is that he is right to believe that Pelosi wants that speakership back. The Democrats have targeted 10 Republican districts nation-wide and guess who is in the crosshairs of Nancy and her democratic friends….that’s right…Steve Southerland.
The reality is that now that Steve has been in Congress for 38 months, he now has something that the Democrats couldn’t use against him before….a record. And then there is the Democratic challenger that Nancy and the Democratic machine have chosen to run against Steve this go around.
The Daughter of a former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, Gwen Graham. Although she is trying to distance herself from the Democratic cabal in Washington, Gwen is deeply entrenched in the D.C. Democratic establishment.Follow the Money…Gwen?
She says that
I’m running for Congress to represent you with an independent voice in Washington.
Well the Democratic hierarchy in Washington think otherwise. And there are campaign contributions to prove it. And there you have it in a nutshell. Gwen Graham will be a mouthpiece for the Democratic party and will do exactly what those Elitist Democrats in Washington D.C. tell her to do. She will not do those things for NW Florida but for those in the D.C. Potomac Bubble. And Florida CD2 will return to the 120 years of Democratic rule and the continuance of another political dynasty will roll along unchecked once more.
So while the Democrats rail against political dynasties, see how they go epiplectic when the name Bush is vocalized, they surely do love the concept of keeping the elitist mentality alive and well. We have the Clintons, soon they will promote the Dingells and for Florida they are pushing the Grahams. Why….simple really. To promote the liberal progressive agenda that Barack Obama has been advocating since before his ascension to the throne of American politics.
Steve Southerland has said that the people of Florida CD2 have already proven that they reject that agenda and his defeat of Allen Boyd in 2010 most certainly proves his point. Cap and Trade, the shovel ready stimulus and the topping on the crap sundae the Affordable Care Act or as you may know it….Obamacare.
So the 2nd Congressional district is targeted by the National and State Democratic Party, after 120 years of Democratic rule for this part if NW Florida the last 38 months have been a thorn in the side of those who want BIG GOVERNMENT to control the lives of everyday people. What will be brought out from the Democrats will be more of the same… divisive politics, class envy, strawman arguments designed to tug at the heartstrings of those who only listen to the sound bite efforts of a complaisant media.
But what they truly will not tell the people of NW Florida and Nationally is exactly what Steve Southerland has stated…
The democrats will tell you about fairness and equal outcomes not equal opportunity. And what is equal opportunity, freedom, freedom to pursue life liberty and happiness.
Now that is much different from the Democrat’s message. Our Nation was not built on a guarantee of success but rather the opportunity to succeed. What you as an individual do with that opportunity is up to that individual and no one else much less the Government. So I’m happy that Steve is willing to serve again for NW Florida. I don’t always agree with him, thankfully so. But I am grateful that I, and anyone else for that matter, can contact him and discuss why he voted a certain way and get an honest response back. You may not like the response given but at least there was a dialog between a voter and the man they hired to do a job in D.C. That should be the rule not the exception. And I am very thankful that how it is here in Florida CD2. So until November 4, 2014 NW Florida will be in the crosshairs as never before. Rightfully so as we are living in historic times.