Nancy McGowan: Why I Support John Thrasher
This is the second of our endorsement editorials that we will be featuring here on the Jacksonville Observer between now and the State Senate special election on September 15th. In this installment, Nancy McGowan tells us why John Thrasher is her choice for State Senate…
With a myriad of candidates to choose from, former Speaker of the Florida House, John Thrasher, is the stand out all-star among them and here's why: strong leaders with a successful proven record deserve unwavering support.
Thrasher was elected to the Florida House in 1992 and unanimously elected as House Speaker in 1998. His record of accomplishments under Gov. Jeb Bush reflect a remarkable legacy in public policy; ranging from the A-Plus plan in education, tax cutting to fighting crime. Building the necessary coalitions to enact bold effective reform was Thrasher's leadership trademark. His achievements in the legislature continue to pay off, especially for Florida's students. This year, Florida moved up from 31st to 14th in Education in the nation according to Education Week's Quality Counts Report. John Thrahser was responsible for driving that legislation as Speaker.
In the 2008 Presidential primary, it was John Thrasher who threw his support behind the only serious conservative candidate, Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney is an intelligent leader with a proven record in financial turnarounds. Romney was the most effective fiscal conservative and viable pro-life candidate running in 2008. Thrasher's political foresight was affirmed, evidenced by the overwhelming majority of NEFL voters who preferred by a margin of 3-1, economic Reagan supply- sider, Mitt Romney.
Alongside Gov. Jeb Bush, Thrasher led the fight to pass the largest tax cut in Florida history, with over $1 billion in tax relief for families and small businesses. In Criminal Justice legislation, he ensured the passage of the "THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT" law, mandating repeat violent offenders receive the maximum penalty under Florida law. Another legislative milestone was the "10-20-Life" bill which made Florida families safer by requiring longer prison sentences for crimes committed with a firearm. These are but a few the reasons he's being endorsed by the F.O.P., P.B.A., and the sheriffs from almost every surrounding county.
North East Florida must keep tradition in sending effective leaders to represent them in Tallahassee. The state of Florida benefits when grounded leadership comes out of North Florida. Senate seats are coveted because of the power they can wield; but there are serious responsibilities which come with that honor.
These are extraordinary times, it's imperative voters send a man with experience in the legislature, who possess a vision for policy, won't need on the job training, has the respect of his colleagues and the clout to get the job done.
If elected, Thrasher brings with him a real possibility of having another Senate President from the N.E. Florida region, keeping N.E.F.L. a political power-house.
The fact that State Rep Aaron Bean and Gov. Jeb Bush have endorsed John Thrasher, speak volumes about his deep conservative roots and solid fiscal credentials.
Voters should send a successful, battle-tested leader to Tallahassee. To ensure this happens, you must vote in this upcoming election.
John Thrasher is the most formidable, experienced and unapologetic fighter we could elect for North Florida families and businesses. He knows how to lead, he's done it before.
Nancy lives in Jacksonville and was appointed by Attorney General Bill McCollum as a FL Commissioner On The Status of Women.