I can’t believe we have become so cynical here in Florida. While talking about Congressman Vern Buchanan's latest ethics problems, someone said, “well, aren’t all politicians corrupt?”
No, they are not all corrupt. Instead of being resigned, we should be outraged! And we should vote for people of integrity to represent us.
By ignoring the character of our candidates, Florida shot itself in the foot in 2010 when Rick Scott was elected governor – a man whose prior claim to fame was being CEO of a health care corporation that paid more than $1.7 billion in fines, penalties, and other charges to settle the largest Medicare fraud case in history. He’s gone on to become one of the least-liked governors in the nation.
And now in 2012, voters in Sarasota and Manatee counties are faced with Vern Buchanan. In just the past two years, Buchanan has been the subject of:
- An investigation by the FBI and a federal grand jury;
- Allegations of tax evasion and an investigation by the IRS;
- Investigations by the Federal Elections Commission regarding potential federal elections violations;
- Allegations of witness tampering being investigated by the House Office of Congressional Ethics and the House Committee on Ethics;
- And allegations of widespread fraud at car dealerships he owned.
We must make a wiser choice, and avoid repeating past mistakes.
There are people of integrity running for office – people like Keith Fitzgerald, who is challenging Vern Buchanan for his seat in Congress. We don’t need to “settle.” We can have honest politicians who will do the right thing for the people of Florida.
That’s one reason I am supporting Keith Fitzgerald for Congress, and why I believe you should, too. Integrity is important, and Floridians must not settle for less.