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Buh-Bye Cliff Stearns!

Buh-Bye Cliff Stearns!

Twelve-term Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns lost his primary battle yesterday, conceding to Ted Yoho who pulled off a victory with only slightly more than 800 votes.

Stearns rose to national prominence after spearheading a crusade to end funding to Planned Parenthood and to criminalize abortion. It’s not likely that Florida conservatives were bothered by Stearns politicking with women’s lives but rather saw Stearns as a Washington insider whose time had come. Yoho ran on a pledge to leave the House after eight years and ran a tv ad where actors dressed as politicians in suits and ate from a trough alongside pigs and threw mud at each other.

Stearns also faces rumors of an FBI investigation into allegations he bribed another candidate to get out the race, a fact Florida Republicans might have had a problem with.

Yoho is a large-animal veterinarian with no political experience and faced a 16 to 1 campaign cash disadvantage.

With the nomination in hand Yoho’s path the the House of Representatives seems all but certain. The third district of Florida is solidly Republican. But with Stearns out of office, will Yoho continue the same witch hunt of women’s health providers? Maybe. He’s identified as a Tea Party candidate, and despite all the posturing of fiscal responsibility and fighting socialism all the Tea Party has done is try and restrict women’s rights.

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12:23AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

www.jrgaillot.com This is the guy you want into office an old school Democrat

6:12PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Christopher D. thank you for letting me know about Phil Dodd. I didn't know about him, but I will look him up and what he stands for. I live in this district. I am so glad to see Sterns go. I will either vote democrate or independant. You are right though, the chance of someone not a republican winning here is slim. There are alot of poor people who think the tea party is the answer. My area has lost big time with this recession. There were alot of construction workers in this area who still can't find work. Some have gone on to other work, many have left the area, and there are houses that used to sell for 150,000 now selling for 35,000. One next to me just did. Even if there was a major growth in the economy, it is going to take decades for some of our communities to recover. Sterns is like so many others in Congress, only concerned about taking Obama down, not helping his constituants. I know Yoho is not the answer, he spouts alot of the same old garbage. If we want real change, we need people who care about the people they represent, all of them, not just the cattlemans association or the rich people.

8:05AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Sounds (possibly) good--off with the old, on with the new!

2:18AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

noted

9:30PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I won't miss him

9:19PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I support the funding of Planned Parenthood. What they do is good for people and for the planet.

9:02PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

While true that District 3 is solidly conservative, providing absolutely zero likelihood of a Democrat victory, there is a chance of an Independent having a shot, especially if the message is unique and non-partisan. Enter Phil Dodds, running on a dual-platform of Direct Democracy and removing the influence of money on politics.

Both the Occupy movement and the Tea Party agree on one thing - Capitol Hill is dysfunctional. The best way to move toward correcting the problem is to move away from political parties. Another Republican (or Democrat) will not change a thing, while an Independent utilizing Direct Democracy would give government back to where it belongs - the People.

If you know anyone living in North Central Florida, have them check into Phil Dodds for Congress. To a true new beginning.

6:49PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

thanks

5:44PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. I hope not. And damnit, let's set Term Limits!!!!!

5:38PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

It may seem like good news on the surface but is really a case of one evil entity being switched out for another. But let's face it, pretty much all GOP-ers and tea-partiers are interchangeable since they subscribe to the same conservative nutjob ideologies and principles.

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