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We don’t need the Anti-Crist as governor. State endorsements are here

By Mark Young

mark.young@manateeherald.com

Well, we blinked and all of a sudden the primary races are over and early voting for the November General Election is fast approaching.

We have a lot to dig into before then, so let’s take a quick look at the state and congressional levels and what’s at stake.

Sen. Marco Rubio advanced through the Republican primaries unopposed and will face off against Florida Congressman woman Val Demmings, a democrat representing District 10.

Demmings has essentially voted in lock step with Joe Biden’s insane policies and the democrats are actually throwing a lot of money into the race, thinking Demmings is a viable candidate.

She’s not.

If we take a quick look at what Demmings and the democrats are doing to spend your money, it includes the 2021 CROWN Act, which is the, “Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act.”

The bill prohibits discrimination on an individual’s hair texture or hairstyle.

I don’t know about you, but this is about the most important piece of legislation that I’ve ever seen during a time of pandemics, historic illegal immigration, gas prices, a failing economy, Russian aggression and so many other lesser problems than hairstyles that we face today.

Other fine pieces of legislation voted in favor by Demmings include the, “Combating International Islamophobia Act,” passed by democrats in December of 2021.

It’s a bill full of wasteful spending that provides a blanket of protection to a single religion, potentially impacts funding to Israel and ignores the plight of other religions such as the recent trend of antisemitism and Christian persecution across the globe.

I’m spending too much time on Demmings, but she, of course, voted yes on all of Biden’s inflation-causing bills, as well as co-sponsored the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 two weeks after Jan. 6.

The bill sounds good, but like most democrat-supported legislation, is misleading in its title. It paved the way for the DOJ to target and label parents at school board meetings, and allows your U.S. government to easily label freedom-loving Americans as domestic terrorists.

It does nothing to address actual domestic terrorism, or prevent known terrorists from crossing the southern border.

Sen. Rubio has been a true patriot to both Florida and this nation and obviously and without question has my full support and endorsement to continue in the U.S. Senate. Demmings is a progressive liberal in its truest form.

In the U.S. Congressional District 16 race, we have an already endorsed Republican Vern Buchanan who will face democrat Jan Schneider who automatically advanced to the General Election.

This is Schneider’s 795th attempt at office. Ok, not that many, but it’s up there and there’s a reason she never gets elected. She’s never even survived a democratic primary when there have been other candidates.

She’s a full on anti-Trump, anti-Conservative, liberal loving candidate who would be a disaster for Florida and the nation.

I’ve covered her debates for other offices in the past. Maybe the democrats see Buchanan’s seat as untouchable past a Republican primary and just threw her into the race as a throw away candidate.

It’s the only explanation as to why she’s in this race.

I think it’s a no brainer to say my endorsement for governor is Ron DeSantis. Charlie Crist, who recently compared DeSantis to Satan and himself to Christ, can’t even make up his mind what party of which he wants to belong.

Crist is the biggest flip flopper in the history of politics and has simply used his choice to be a career politician to make himself wealthier.

I don’t like to get too personal when discussing politicians, but Crist is pathetic. He is the ultimate liberal sheep herder and only the truly blind liberal sheep would follow this man over the cliff of reason.

Nope, this doesn’t take any thought at all. Our beloved Gov. DeSantis needs to not only defeat the anti-Crist, but destroy him.

Speaking of beloved candidates, I don’t think there is a big need to deep dive the Florida Attorney General’s race. I never thought we would have a better AG than Pam Bondi, but Moody is that person. She has my full support and endorsement, as we have previously discussed.

I haven’t given a lot of attention to the Commissioner of Agriculture race and that’s my bad. It’s an important race and we’ve had some solid Conservative leadership. We can’t stop now and Republican Wilton Simpson will continue that common-sense leadership.

Simpson easily gains my support and endorsement over democrat Naomi Blemur. I let this race get out of my radar, but I was reminded of the importance of it, so my apologies for not addressing it in more detail.

Within the Florida Legislature districts that cover Manatee County, I’m not sure why democrats even try. 

Manatee County has enjoyed strong, common sense Conservative leadership for quite awhile and it’s not going to change now.

I fully endorse Republicans Will Robinson in District 71, Mike Beltran in District 70 and certainly Tommy Gregory in District 72. I know a little more about Robinson and Gregory than I do Beltran, simply from conversations over the years as a reporter.

They are not only great Conservatives, but good men. All of their opponents are throw-away democrats seeking some kind of name recognition for future personal ambitions.

I can’t forget Joe Gruters who has already won in District 22 as the sole candidate. I didn’t give Gruters a lot of attention for that reason, but with redistricting, Gruters now represents parts of southern Manatee County.

Welcome to the Manatee County family Joe. We are happy to have you.

And that, Nancy Pelosi, is an actual “applause line.”

Ok, my fellow Patriots. I know none of this is much of the kind of deep dive I like to do, but so many of these races are no-brainers and we have so much to cover in a short amount of time. They are easy endorsements, but endorsements that still need to be made official.

Stay tuned as we turn our attention to the local levels once again. Until then, stay vigilant, stay aware, and most importantly, stay informed.

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By Mark Young

Mark Young is a U.S. Army veteran and a seasoned journalist of 25 years. His writing and reporting has garnered dozens of state press association and press club awards in Florida, Nebraska and Wyoming for investigative reporting, opinion writing, in-depth reporting and more.

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