Two Strong Independents in Florida House Races

Filing for Federal offices ended last week and it produced a couple of surprises. Among those are two credible major party candidates who have decided to run as independents instead of taking on incumbents in their party primaries. Either of these races could, in theory, produce an upset…

In District 14, Congressman Connie Mack IV is being challenged by Democrat Robert Neeld and State Senator Burt Saunders, who is running as an Independent. Saunders is a Republican who has served about 25 years in elected office, including time in both branches of the state legislature.

Congressman Mack has a huge fundraising advantage so far, starting with about $900,000 in the bank. But Saunders has already raised $30,000 and says he is hoping to win over Democrats, Independents, and Republicans who wouldn’t have voted in a Republican primary.

On the flip side of that, Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler is facing a challenge from a no-name Republican as a former Democratic State Representative who is running as an independent.

Former Rep. Ben Graber had been expected to provide Wexler with a tough challenge in the Democratic primary, but he’s instead filed to run as an independent. Apparently feeling that a higher turnout November election, open to all voters, would benefit him.

7 Responses to “Two Strong Independents in Florida House Races”

  1. Deran Says:

    “but he’s instead filed to run as an independent. Apparently feeling that a higher turnout November election, open to all voters, would benefit him.”

    That’s a very interesting observation. Encouraging for minor party and indie candidates. Especially for the libertarian conservative and constitutionalist conservatives; if Obama get the Dems nod the indie left won’t be able to get a quarter million votes between them.

    I mean, as long as Obama does not tack too far to the right for the general campaign. Even then; too many seemingly sane people I know are going to vote for Obama in Nov out of devotion. That was “devotion”, not democracy.

  2. Eric Dondero Says:

    1976 Libertarian Presidential candidate Roger MacBride was a longtime friend of US Senator Connie Mack, and considered him to be a libertarian Republican.

    Wonder if Mack, Jr. has any libertarian leanings?

  3. BEN GRABER FOR CONGRESS Says:

    BEN GRABER IS A CENTRIST CANDIDATE WHO SUPPORTS A TIMELY END TO THE WAR, WANTS TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, OUR JOBS HOME, SECURE OUR BORDERS AND HAVE SANE IMMIGRATION AMNESTY">POLICY. HE SUPPORTS A FREE MARKET STRATEGY THAT ALSO SAFEGUARDS OUR JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. HE IS PRO CHOICE AND IS AGAINST THE LOSS OF PRIVACY THAT HAS OCCURRED WITH THE PATRIOT ACT. WEXLER HAS SERVED TOO LONG AND HAS A DISMAL RECORD. LONG ON RHETORIC, SHORT ON ACCOMPLISHMENT.
    HAVEN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH OF WEXLER YET? VOTE FOR CHANGE YOU CAN TRUST…BEN GRABER www.graberforcongress.com

  4. Jared Says:

    DOES HE SUPPORT THE CAPS LOCK INITIATIVE?

  5. G.E. Says:

    Sorry, Austin. This is a legitimate news story and, thus, has no place at TPW anymore. Didn’t you get the memo?

  6. Jack Tanner Says:

    I live in Florida District-14

    Connie Mack IV is no libertarian
    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m001155/

    Burt Saunders is no independent
    http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Members=View+Page&LastName=Saunders&District_Num_Link=037&Title=-%3ESenate-%3ESaunders%2C+Burt+L.&Submenu=1&Tab=legislators&chamber=Senate

    My choice at this time is Jeff George
    http://www.crazyforcongress.com/

  7. Austin Cassidy Says:

    He’s “crazy for Congress” huh? That sounds like a cereal slogan…

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