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Jesse Phillips: Why I'm Supporting Bruce O'Donoghue

Getting ready for August 24th

By Jesse Phillips

The choice in November is going to be clear. If I lived in District 8 I would examine the Grayson versus Non-Grayson portion of the ballot for about a millisecond before voting for the Candidate-Not-Known-As-Grayson with every fiber of my being. I’ve considered moving to the district just for that vote, but alas, my own district has one Suzanne Kosmas to deal with.

While the decision in November is easy, the decision in August is more difficult. The Republican primary is chock full of quality individuals, many of whom I have met and all of whom I respect. As one who was home schooled and is actively involved in the Tea Party, I deeply respect Patricia Sullivan. I was one of the first people to order Todd Long’s book “The Conservative Comeback” and was inspired by his passion for our founding principals. I have always respected Daniel Webster, and wish that he would have run for governor. In all of these cases, I wholeheartedly believe that anybody who wins the nomination and potentially defeats Grayson would bring some substantial change to our government.

I am, however, choosing to join a growing faith-based coalition supporting Bruce O’Donoghue to contest Alan Grayson in November. I’ve been impressed with with the no-nonsense approach he has taken in his campaign. He is not afraid of speaking the truth, exposing lies in the media regarding the registered TEA Party. His boldness in challenging the ethically questionable tactics of Mr. Grayson show me he’s the person we should send to confront the destructive habits of career politicians. Bruce is a man we desperately need to break the paralysis that strangles Washington and threatens our Constitution and our republic.

As a pastor and concerned American, I’m very aware of the need for someone who recognizes the danger of dependence on government. Bruce’s experience in small business and compassionate outreach through initiatives like House of Hope prove to me that he has the mindset and character Washington so desperately needs.

I know I’ve alienated some of you by supporting Bruce. I respect your decision to support your candidate. I would, however, encourage you to take time to learn about Mr. O’Donoghue. Look at his business background and the positions he has served to protect small businesses, the backbone of the American economy. Look at his track-record of social conservativism through the House of Hope, Vision Orlando, YMCA, FCA and more. If you do, I think you’ll find a man that demonstrates the character our Founders knew to be so vital to holding public office.

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