Letter to the editor, Saturday October 27, 2018
The Naples Daily News editorial board, even while referencing his First Amendment Foundation failing grade for his Sunshine Law stance, recently endorsed freshman state Rep. Bob Rommel for re-election. The reasoning? Rommel “listens to his constituents.”
Looking at his entire voting record, not just the few minor examples in the editorial, one would find votes for ending government transparency, irresponsible gun proliferation, recycling sewage into drinking water, making it easier to spew hate speech on public college campuses, restricting public beach access and weakening home rule, local government control over local issues, to name a few. Editorial board, who asked for this?
Note that the National Rifle Association rated Rommel at 93 percent; the Koch brothers-sponsored Americans for Prosperity gave him an A-plus. And, based on his campaign donations, the biggest polluters in Florida seem quite happy with his voting record; constituents not so much. It’s apparent that Rommel is actually listening to his biggest supporters and they are the ones dictating his legislative agenda.
The editors dedicate one sentence to Rommel’s opponent, Sara McFadden, praising her research on the issues but stating she is “short on solutions.” That’s odd since issues of greatest concern to real Floridians, like charter school accountability solutions, can be found on her website, votemcfadden.com, and on Sept. 27 the Daily News printed McFadden’s well-thought-out guest commentary with solutions to red tide.
McFadden, unlike Rommel, does not accept corporate donations and she has been lauded by Sierra Club Florida, Collier TIGER, veterans, Everytown/Mom’s Demand Action, the Florida AFL-CIO, the NAACP, Equality Florida and young voters, to name just a few.
We need her leadership in Tallahassee for a change. Editors, you did not do your homework.
Patricia Freydberg, Naples