Democrat Mitch Mallett to challenge Rep. Vern Buchanan for seat in Congress

skennedy@bradenton.comOctober 23, 2013 

MANATEE — Democrat Mitch Mallett said Wednesday he has filed papers to run against incumbent Republican Vern Buchanan next year.

Mallett, 57, of Bradenton, has not run for public office previously, he said in an interview Wednesday.

Asked why he decided to run, Mallett said Buchanan “votes right along with the Tea Party, and we need to get a different perspective in Congress.”

Added Mallett: “He’s a rubber stamp for the Tea Party and the Republican Party; he ran saying he’d be open-minded, but if you look at his votes, he has gone the other way.”

Mallett was particularly critical of Buchanan’s position on the the Affordable Care Act, saying that the nation “lost $24 billion” because Republicans attempted to defund Obamacare by shutting down the government.

The stalemate between the parties ended last week, with Buchanan voting “yes” to halt the shutdown.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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