Tea party candidate and a large animal veterinarian Ted Yoho could conceivably lose to Democrat J.R. Gaillot in Florida’s District 3, and we have to make sure that happens.
I’ve known J.R. for years, and can tell you from first hand experience, he’s a good guy who would be a wonderful representative. He’s a father of three, and a small business owner who has faced the challenges that everyone faces in a tough economy, is a huge supporter of women’s rights, reproductive and otherwise, including choice and the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and supports strengthening Social Security and Medicare and Wall Street reform.
Yoho fits perfectly within the crazed realm of Tea Party Republican extremists. On his website he rails against socialism, endorses Ryan’s Medicare plan, promotes his anti-abortion position, advocates “Drill, Baby, Drill” even though tourism in the Panhandle has barely recovered from the BP spill and even throws his support to the Fair Tax initiative. [...]
[Gaillot] is the son of a life-long diplomat and speaks several languages. That seems to have prepared him for Washington a bit better than Yoho’s previous profession that required him to wear gloves that go to the shoulder, although it wouldn’t surprise me for Yoho to follow his “pigs at the trough” ad with one where he uses those gloves to “clean up” Washington.
Unlike J.R., Yoho believes life begins at conception, and says on his website that he believes the right to bear arms is “a birth right and should never be threatened.” The Sunshine State News refers to him as Rising Star Ted Yoho, ‘Republican with Libertarian Slant.’
So there you have it, another Ryan-Akin extremist running against a down-to-earth, not to mention rational, Dem. To quote Team Gaillot:
We need to stop sending jobs overseas, we need to stop funding wars; we need to stop building things like the most expensive embassy in history. It’s time to stop electing career politicians who do not care about common people.