As usual Florida will be a critical State this election cycle, but this time around they will be doubly important because they will have a chance to turn one of their Senate seats from Blue to Red. Senator Bill Nelson is up for re-election, and it looks as though he will be facing a tough contest despite Harry Reids best efforts to keep his majority. There are four potential candidates on the Republican side that will likely be fighting for the nomination. They are:
Current Florida Congressman Connie Mack
Current Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos
Former Florida Senator George LeMieux (appointed by Gov. Christ to hold seat Rubio now has)
Former Florida State House Majority Leader Adam Hasner
So far Haridopolos seems to be considered the frontrunner and that has resulted in a target on his back. In a posting on RedState.com “bloggybayou” took a shot at the Senator for being compensated for writing a book. Bayou implies in his post that Haridopolos had something to do with the fact that the book was not published. He was contracted to write the book, after that it was up to the university.
While I think that it is important to look at all issues surrounding a candidate, I think it is also important to look at how these guys are leading when given the chance. To that end, I did a little research and found the following that I think are points in his favor. Do I think that voters should take a hard look at the facts? Absolutely, here are a few:
SJR 2 – The 2011 Florida Health Care Freedom Act
This bill was personally sponsored by the Senate President, something very rare in Florida history, and was passed out on just the second day of the 2011 session. This bill resolution stands up for the rights of Floridians with a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect them against being forced by the government to purchase health care. As the federal government continues to fight for its unconstitutional health care reforms, Senate President Haridopolos felt it was important to ensure that Floridians were not forced into a government-run health care system.
SB 736 – The Student Success Act
The Florida Senate also passed Senate Bill 736 during its first week of the 2011 legislative session. This bill ensures that Florida’s best and hardest working teachers can finally be compensated for doing superior work. By continuing to raise the bar on Florida’s nation-leading accountability standards for students and teachers, this bill will end the process of compensating teachers for time served, and instead focus on rewarding those who get the best out of their students.
SJR 958 – Smart Cap
During its first week, the Florida Senate also considered Senate Joint Resolution 958, the Smart Cap. It is expected to be passed out on the first session day of week two. This proposal, which Sen. Haridopolos has sponsored throughout his career in the legislature, will ensure that government spending will never grow faster than a family’s ability to pay for it. By limiting increases in government spending, the state of Florida will ensure that it never turns into Washington, DC, and it will offer families and businesses the stability and predictability they need to plan for the future.
Just to clarify, I do not fault Bloggy for bringing the book issue up, but I do think a more comprehensive look at the candidate is appropriate. This is going to be one of the most watched races in the country, and, as conservatives, we owe ourselves a complete and thorough look at each candidate.
Faithfully and In Liberty,