Bronson Challenge to Rooney in Florida’s 17th CD Catches Fire

Florida's 17th District Congressional Race Outcome Tied to Race for Governor
By: Will Bronson for Congress
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Oct. 13, 2014 - PRLog -- On October 12, 2014, Sandy McClinton, former Chair of the Democratic Executive Committee of Lee
County, held a meet and greet for the charismatic
congressional candidate Will Bronson.
Bronson, looking confident, explained to the gathered crowd how his congressional race might affect the race for governor.

Bronson reported that in 2010 the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Alex Sink, lost by less than 1%.  Bronson noted that Republican congressional incumbent Tom Rooney’s Democratic opponent lost that year by a wider margin, having received only 33% of the vote in Florida’s 17th Congressional District. However, Bronson pointedly noted that if the Democrats had contested more firmly in the so called “Republican districts” Alex Sink might easily have won the state house as governor instead of Mr. Scott, and that win, in turn, could have changed the percentages dramatically in the 17th CD.

Bronson’s analysis led him to advise the attendees at Ms. McClinton’s meet and greet that “As I campaign in the ten counties that make up my district, I am garnering votes for Charlie Crist as well and vice versa. The same is true of April Freeman running in Florida’s 19th, another difficult district for Democratic challengers.”

Bronson acknowledged that any effort to unseat an incumbent can be viewed as an “uphill battle”, particularly since Mr. Rooney’s corporate sponsors typically help him raise around a million dollars, which he spends to defend his seat. A possible inconvenient truth for Mr. Rooney is where he actually resides with his family, in his home in Tequesta, Florida, which was redistricted in 2012 outside the district he is running in, or in Okeechobee where he recently purchased a property.

Bronson said that he completely understands the broad disenchantment with incumbents in general and Tea Party incumbents in particular. “Rooney may have more sources of money due to his corporate backing,” Bronson told the interviewer, “but happily, it is people not dollars, who vote. I am looking to represent the people who vote, not the dollars.”

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