To the editor:
Not to take anything away from Curt Clawson, but Grassroots and the SWFL Citizens Alliance were a significant factor in Benacquisto's 12-point margin loss. Message to Tallahassee politicians: "Enough! Everyday citizens are fed up with elitists ignoring the voters on important issues like stopping Common Core and 2nd Amendment Preservation. Ignore the Grassroots at your political peril!"
The loss can be attributed to many key factors. Just to name a few:
- Voters were fed up by the negative and, in many cases, the untruthful ads that she and her PAC initiated.
- The arrogance of her refusal to attend most job interviews (i.e. forums)astonished voters.
- Her refusal to file the Florida 2nd Amendment Preservation companion bill to HB 733 in the FL Senate.
- Her refusal to lead the Stop Common Core bills through the 2014 legislative session.
SWFL Citizens Alliance is an issue-based alliance and does not endorse candidates. We do, however, hold elected officials accountable for their actions on the issues we advocate. We have worked exhaustively to get the leadership in the Florida Legislature to honor their Oath of Office. Simply put, to protect and preserve our U.S. Constitution from federal government abuse of its delegated Constitutional powers. Benacquisto's unwillingness to lead on the 2nd Amendment Preservation and Stop Common Core issues spoke volumes for her character and principles as just another elitist insider.
It is time for elected officials in Tallahassee to realize they work for the voters, not the lobbyists!
member SWFL Citizens Alliance