ICYMI: Southwest Florida’s Two Biggest Newspapers Endorse Clawson for Congress

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ICYMI:  Southwest Florida’s Two Biggest Newspapers Endorse Clawson for Congress

Ft. Myers News Press:  Curt Clawson choice for Dist. 19 seat in U.S. Congress

June 13, 2014

We endorse Curt Clawson for the U.S. congressional seat in District 19.

Although a newcomer to the political scene, Clawson has vast business experience, a workable agenda and a commitment to provide solid representation for the people of Southwest Florida.

After the ugliness of the Republican primary campaign, when attack ads swamped any chance of meaningful debate on the key issues, Clawson swept to a convincing victory, collecting 38 percent of the vote, beating our original choice, Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, by 12 percent.

The weeks after the primary and heading into the June 24 general election have been quiet, with very few debates between Clawson and the other candidates, Democratic challenger April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood. Very little campaign money has been spent and the election has almost become an afterthought.

It probably is. Republicans have owned congressional seats in Lee County dating back to 1968. Collier’s last Democratic winner was in 1970.

Although inexperienced in the ways and movements of earning political victories and alliances in Washington, D.C., Clawson, 54, sees himself as a “transitional figure,” one capable of “elevating thinking and the conversation.” We like that approach. He is not going to be able to take over in Washington and change policy overnight. He is not going to be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even thoughClawson and his colleagues believe that is still possible. He will need to listen, make his points, develop support within his party and across the aisle if he wants to accomplish what is necessary for his Southwest Florida constituents.

What won’t work in Washington, and what became a theme of the Republican primary, was ripping opponents to get a vote. In D.C., Clawson must take the “team concept” he adhered to while a member of the Purdue University men’s basketball team and use it in Congress. His plans for economic development for this region, creating jobs through a workforce capable of competing globally, his efforts to seek government deregulation and his endorsement of balancing the federal budget in two years by cutting a penny from each dollar the government spends (the Penny Plan), don’t work without bipartisan support.

We support his plan to have meaningful discussions about the future of Medicare, Social Security and pensions.

Freeman and Netherwood should be applauded for their desire and passion to serve and make a difference. We don’t believe their ideas for strengthening the economy, border and immigration reform, the amount of federal government involvement best suit the needs of our area.

Naples Daily News:  Editorial: Clawson is the clear choice for general election

 June 12, 2014

Southwest Florida voters ought to finish what they started in the April Republican special primary and elect Bonita Springs’ Curt Clawson as the District 19 U.S. representative.

Then Clawson ought to resolve to get to work right away in Washington to deliver on the promise of rising above a disgraceful primary campaign and working with our area’s U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, on jobs, health care solutions and spending.

Clawson faces opposition when early voting starts Saturday in Collier and Lee counties. But the opposition is in name only. Neither the Democrat, Libertarian or write-in candidate is a viable option toClawson, who has done the hard work and heavy lifting to earn this opportunity to serve.

Voters are weary of this race and a small turnout is likely, so every vote will carry extra weight.

Our hope for an immediate upgrade from the disgraceful downfall of Trey Radel were dashed when the April primary mudbath started — and kept going non-stop on TV and in mailboxes. The message that emerged from the polls was that Republicans, who comprise a strong majority of our community’s voters, wanted a fresh face, even someone with tea party backing, with business rather than political experience.

A vote for Clawson will take him up on his election night call for unity and service to country. Much will be expected after this decisive measure of voter support has been given.

He will have added incentive to do well from the start, with yet another round of elections starting in August and wrapping up in November for a full, two-year term. 

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David James


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