"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Adam Hasner Running for Congress in Palm Beach County, FL

These are the words from Adam Hasner who is now running for Congress in 2012 having dropped from the Senate race in Florida to shore up the Houses seats in South Florida:
“We want our leaders to tell it like it is. And if you’re not going to get the job done, we are going to find somebody else who will. We need to tell them: cut the spending, stop the borrowing, balance the budget, and attack the debt. And we sent that message in 2010, but it was only the beginning. In 2012, we need to send principled, conservative reinforcements to Washington D.C. to get the job done.” (April 16, 2011)

Even though he has switched from running for Senate to the House, his words remain as true today as when he said them.  We need a principled conservative like Adam Hasner in the House and you can help make it happen if you are a Florida resident by signing his petition to get on the ballot:
Of all the names that back my campaign, your personal endorsement means the most. That is why I am asking you to take just a moment of your time to fill out the petition to qualify me for the ballot and mail it back to our office. Due to the reapportionment process, any voter of any party who is currently registered to vote in the State of Florida can help me in qualifying for the ballot. You can help us conserve the vital financial resources needed to defeat the Democrat machine in November by filling out a candidate petition- and please have your neighbors fill one out too! 
Get your copy of the petition here.
If you would be so kind, please print, fill out and mail completed petitions to P.O. Box 276093, Boca Raton, FL 33427-6093. If you could include a check made out to Adam Hasner for US House of $5 or $10 along with the petitions, it will go to assist with our Supervisor of Election's petition processing fees and help us reach more voters to assist in this effort. I certainly thank you for your consideration.
Please take a few minutes to print out the petition if you are a Florida resident and mail the petition to the above address.  I am not a Florida resident but have reached out to friends and family who are to please sign the petition -- you don't have to live in his district.  I cannot sign the petition but I can write a check for the petition processing fee which I will be sending on Monday.

Was very concerned about Allen West's seat with the new Florida redistricting but thanks to Cong Pete Sessions (R-TX), and others, it was worked out.  Cong Tom Rooney moved to a new district to the west, Allen West moved to a portion of Tom Rooney's old district and now Adam Hasner is running for the Allen West seat.  It is great when a group of conservatives can work together to do what is best for the people of Florida.  Hasner will be part of the NRCC's Young Guns program run by Cong Eric Cantor (R-VA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who did so well in 2010 and are back for 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Hasner Interview, Allen West’s and Marco Rubio’s Reinforcement in Palm Beachby Charles C. Johnson
Present at the Creation: Adam Hasner, with Marco Rubio Against the 
Florida GOP Establishment
“A day in politics is like an eternity. A lot of recent events have altered the political landscape,” Adam Hasner told me by phone. Until last week was running for the U.S. Senate, but he is now running for the congressional seat vacated by Allen West. 
Though Hasner hesitates to compare himself to West, the two have a lot in common. They are both principled, “minorities of minorities” who have to make the case to groups not necessarily receptive to the conservative message. “When you are a black Republican or a Jewish Republican, you have to be even more firm in your beliefs and more principled,” Hasner explains. 
The past year Hasner, the former majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives, has been running in a crowded primary to unseat Bill Nelson, the senior U.S. Senator from the Sunshine State. 
Though Hasner was endorsed by talk show host, Mark Levin, the Family Research Council, and won the Florida straw poll, Hasner struggled to get the attention he needed. He blames the presidential race for “sucking all of the attention out of the room.” There were 350 articles about the Rubio-Crist race in 2010, but less than fifty about the 2012 contest. Hasner had been leading in the polls against George LeMieux, who Governor Charlie Crist appointed before deciding to run in the Senate contest only to lose to Marco Rubio, but Hasner’s lead collapsed when Rep. Connie Mack joined the race in late October and was endorsed by Mitt Romney. 
Now Hasner’s hoping to be Allen West’s reinforcement, not replacement, in Congress. Hasner, who raised $1.3 million in his bid for U.S. Senate still has $666,000 cash on hand and has West’s support. West, in turns, plans to run in a friendlier Palm Beach County-based congressional seat after redistricting made his swing district much more Democratic. All within forty-eight hours, Rep. Tom Rooney moved to a new district in the west; West moved to Rooney’s old district up north. 
The son of two New York teacher union members and liberal Democrats, Hasner came of age during the Age of Reagan. ”I didn’t inherit conservatism in the bloodstream,” he says, but he paid attention, becoming a lifelong Republican at age 18. “I grew up during the Morning in America. That’s where my politics were shaped.” 
Hasner’s bona fides among Jewish conservatives are the genuine article. He likes to joke that he is married into the Jewish conservative movement. His wife, Jillian, worked for the Palm Beach chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition. 
Though the district has gotten more Democratic in redistricting, Hasner is confident that he can win in November. “Every election that I won, I over performed,” says Hasner, the first Jewish majority leader of the Florida house of Representatives. “When John Kerry got 51% I got 58%. I got 60% of the vote, Obama got 52%.” He adds: “The district I represented [in the Florida House of Representatives] is compromised in the new district. I know this people, people know me, where I lived my whole life.” Hasner, running in one of the most Jewish congressional districts in the country, might be buttressed by a new poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Life showing that Jewish-Americans are turning from the Democratic Party. Jewish identification with the Democrats slipped from 72 to 65% between 2008 to 2011. 
Hasner’s likely opponent is Lois Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach. She is, for all intents and purposes, a morph of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the leader of the Democratic National Committee. Wasserman Schultz was Frankel’s protégé. 
Hasner understands his role clearly. ”This is going to be a battleground seat in the sense,” he promises. “Whoever is running for president, whoever is running for U.S. Senate, well, the way you a state election is just don’t get too badly beaten in Palm Beach and Breyer County,” he promises. 
Hasner made a name for himself in Tallahassee, Florida. “You are constantly outnumbered and being challeneged by the status quo and what everybody expects you to believe. I’ve proven that that’s the type of individual I am. I’ve called out the Republicans as many times as I’ve called out the Democrats.” He took on Charlie Crist. Hasner pushed to eliminate property taxes; Crist opposed it. Crist wanted to take stimulus money; Hasner opposed it. Crist supported Cap and Trade; Hasner opposed it with Marco Rubio, then Speaker of the Florida State House. 
Hasner promises to take on the Republicans in Washington, too. He rattles off the issues where the GOP establishment has been disappointing, among them ”our debt and the payroll tax cut.” ”What people are looking for are candidates and representatives that are going to work hard, tell it like it is. I’m unafraid to do things when it doesn’t poll well.” 
It’s up to the voters of Palm Beach to decide what seems evidence: Adam Hasner is Marco Rubio’s and Allen West’s conservative reinforcement. 
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