In regards to the Bradenton Herald's endorsement of Vern Buchanan for U.S. House District 16, I would like to offer my response. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.
Your endorsement of Mr. Buchanan mentioned his tax policy as a basis for that endorsement.
In the candidates' forum for this seat, hosted by the Bradenton Herald and METV, he recommended a flat tax and a tax code that would allow a postal card-size return form. I believe that both suggestions are naive and impractical for our modern economy.
You also noted that he is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans. If his tax proposals have merit, why has he been unable to convince his fellow committee members to support his ideas?
Does your endorsement include support for his position regarding health care? Do you believe he has been active enough regarding climate change?
He has expressed concern for strengthening Social Security but has he taken action or offered a solution? There is much, much more for constituents to be concerned about than your endorsement states.
I can understand you choosing not to endorse me, maybe because of my age or Henry Lawrence, perhaps because of his lesser political experience.
However, after our debate, my reservations regarding Mr. Buchanan have only increased. If nothing else, I hope that my run has inspired others to think about who they vote for and why, and deeply consider all of the issues facing us as a nation before they cast their ballot.
Joseph J. Newman, is a write-in candidate for U.S. House, District 16.