Our Pick for U.S. Congress: Browning
U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 3: Congresswoman Corrine Brown is seeking yet another term in her gerrymandered district.
On the Democratic side, attorney Scott Fortune is running an active, but underfunded campaign. Making matters worse, he doesn’t even live in the district he’s seeking to represent.
Also living outside the district are Republicans Mike Yost and Dean Black, both of whom would make excellent candidates for the legislature or city council in a future race. Candidate Chris Nwasike lives in the district, but he speaks only in tightly controlled soundbites and there are some serious ethical questions surrounding his handling of funds from a non-profit organization he helped to create.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown is well known as an embarrassment to the state of Florida. But it seems exceptionally unlikely that any candidate will be able to defeat her this year.
We recommend voting for anyone other than Brown, but decline to endorse any specific candidate.
U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 6: Congressman Cliff Stearns is a reliable conservative vote for the Republicans, but he’s been in office for more than 20 years. During that time he’s failed to take on a significant leadership role. Congressman Ander Crenshaw has climbed much higher in far fewer terms than Stearns has.
When he was first elected, Stearns pledged to serve only six terms. He’s now seeking his twelfth term in office.
For the first time in two decades, Stearns is facing a serious challenger in the Republican primary. Tea Party activist Don Browning served a short stint on the Winter Park City Council some years ago.
Browning is a long-shot for sure, but he's campaigning hard. Unfortunately, the Congressman refuses to debate him, sending paid Congressional staffers to attend all of the various candidate forums.
A little fresh blood is good now and then. We endorse Don Browning for U.S. House of Representatives.