SARASOTA -- Rita Ferrandino, chairwoman of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, issued a statement Tuesday urging Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Lolngboat Key, to take an active role in ending the government shutdown:
"Vern Buchanan claims he is a moderate who does not support a government shutdown. But he has been going along with those extremists and their shutdown plans, even though the economy will suffer and jobs will be lost. It is time for him to show some courage and represent the people of Sarasota County, rather than keep following Sean Hannity and the rest of the Tea Party crowd.
"Buchanan should support a clean bill to fund the government."