Florida voters are angry about our disastrous water pollution issues, and that concern is spilling over into political campaigns at every level.
Governor Rick Scott was forced to cancel a campaign appearance in Naples this week, worried that he’d be confronted by protestors as he was elsewhere in the state. People are angry and they are demanding solutions to the water quality issues that are plaguing Florida.
Which is why I am running for state Senate. I’m a wildlife ecologist, and I am sickened by the neglect our state government has shown toward the environment. Rick Scott, who is now running for U.S. Senate, has had a horrible track record as governor, slashing environmental protections and failing to address the ongoing environmental disaster that is Lake Okeechobee.
Scott’s trying to pass the buck, blaming Washington. But water quality is a state issue. And he’s failed to live up to his responsibilities..
So have his handmaidens in the state Legislature, including my opponent in this race, Naples lawyer Kathleen Passidomo, who has operated in lock-step with Scott, voting to halt inspections of septic systems that feed pollution into Lake Okeechobee, allowing Scott to replace environmental experts with political hacks at water management districts, voting to block local communities who want to ban fracking. Not to mention her legislation that restricts beach access that is infuriating Floridians up and down the coast and making Florida a laughingstock.
In Florida, the environment IS the economy. We need to tackle our water pollution issues not just because we’re shocked at photos of dead dolphins and manatees on our beaches, but because our whole way of life is threatened.
We need a change in Tallahassee. We need to replace the people who have allowed this to happen.
In Florida, our election actually begins long before Nov. 6. Soon, vote-by-mail ballots will be distributed and early voting will begin. I hope I can count on your vote.
Please share this with your friends. My campaign does not accept hundreds of thousands of special interest dollars like my opponent. I’m not taking money from Big Sugar or other interests that have distorted our state’s priorities.
Your contributions to my campaign are deeply appreciated. With your help, we can change the way our government works. We can save Florida.