A bad endorsement

Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:58 a.m.
In response to the Sun's endorsement of Tom Lee for the Republican nomination for Chief Financial Officer: I respectfully disagree with your conclusions and recommendations.
If your readers knew that Tom Lee has collected over $300,000 in contributions from insurance companies while passing what he called the "insurance reform" legislation that has raised rates over 70 percent and has caused policies to be canceled in the hundreds of thousands, they might question your standards. I have refused to accept contributions from insurance companies. I have also refused to accept contributions from casinos or gambling interests.
While I served as Chairman of No Casinos, fighting the expansion of gambling in our state, my opponent was collecting over $100,000 from them and their lobbyists while he was passing the most slot machine friendly bill possible.
While I was opposing the McKay sales tax increase on services, my opponent was trying to pass it. While I fought this past year for portability of the Save Our Homes tax exemption, my opponent was killing it in the Senate. While I was trying to make sure Gov. Bush's recent tax cuts were adopted, my opponent was busy cutting them in half.
I am the only candidate to submit a comprehensive, 19 point plan, to restore competition to the Homeowner's insurance market, bring rate relief to policy holders, and redefine the role of Citizen's Insurance Company.
I have been endorsed by the Florida's Professional Firefighters, Florida's State Troopers, and the Fraternal Order of Police. Perhaps next time, you may consider interviewing me or at least sending a questionnaire to me, before you present to your readers your "choice."

Randy Johnson,

Republican candidate for state Chief Financial Officer


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