The South Florida 9.12 Endorses Edward Lynch for Florida’s 19th Congressional District
After performing much research and our due diligence, the leadership of the South Florida 9.12 has decided that Edward Lynch most represents our goals and ideals, and is the best choice to replace Robert Wexler in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. We ask our membership to support his campaign in whatever way they can.
While there are many subjects on which our members disagree, there are a set of fundamental issues that have awakened us, united us, and driven us to act:
- Out of control spending and fiscal irresponsibility of our government
- TARP, Stimulus bills, bailouts, out of control debt and the deficit
- Limits on the role of government and adherence to our Constitution
- The various healthcare bills, cap & trade
- Treating terrorists like enemy combatants, not like citizens
- Civil trials instead of military tribunals for the planners of the 9/11 attacks
- Miranda rights instead of interrogations for captured enemy combatants and terrorists
This endorsement is consistent with our mission statement, which calls us to:
- Identify like-minded public servants already in office to help us move our agenda forward.
- Identify like-minded candidates to replace those public servants that choose to block our agenda.
- Encourage citizen interaction and involvement with these public servants to ensure their continued representation of our agenda.
In keeping with our goals, the leadership decided that it was important to consider all 3 candidates for the congressional seat after the primaries, and endorse the individual most able to move our agenda forward.
Senator Ted Deutch’s positions on the issues – his support, in general, of the current administration’s fiscal policies, his faith in perpetually increasing the size of government to solve our problems, as well as his endorsement by the prior Congressman Robert Wexler, and other like-minded individuals – led us to decide that his election would be a setback for our agenda.
The two remaining candidates are Jim McCormick and Edward Lynch. Both gentlemen have expressed comparable conservative positions on the key issues mentioned above, both in line with ours. While most of us knew Mr. Lynch and may or may not have supported him during the primary, we felt it was important to meet Mr. McCormick before committing ourselves to any candidate. Earlier this week, we met separately with both candidates and
evaluated them on the following criteria:
- Knowledge of the issues
- Ability to articulate why they were running and what they hoped to accomplish
- Activism – what involvement had they had in the community, in the district and on the key issues
- Campaign strategy – given the very abbreviated time remaining until the April 13 election – what were they going to do to mobilize the troops and gain support (volunteers, financial support, media etc) to get out the vote amongst affiliated and unaffiliated voters
- Intensity – ability to devote the energy and time to win the seat.
We enjoyed meeting with Jim McCormick and would appreciate his future involvement in South Florida 912 activities. We believe he would make a fine public servant and should consider other competitive positions in the upcoming county and state elections. However the leadership was unanimous that Edward Lynch was the candidate that came closest to meeting our criteria, and had the best chance of winning the special election.
The South Florida 9.12 Project leadership endorses Edward Lynch for Florida’s 19th Congressional District. We’ve already made a difference in Palm Beach County, our state, and our nation, with the actions and activities that our group has participated in over the last year. Please join us in working to elect Edward Lynch to our United States Congress.
The South Florida 9.12 Project is a non-partisan organization, interested in good government at all levels, and restoring conservative principles to both our government and our lives. The 9.12 refers to 9/12/2001, and tries to capture the feeling we all had as a nation when we put aside our partisan differences to fight the attack on our country. More information can be found at www.southflorida912.org