Up until now, I have not put in my two cents worth in the Special Election congressional race in Florida’s CD 19. District 19 is Robert Wexler’s old seat- you know, the ex-Congressman from Maryland. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to watch a few debates where the three Republican primary challengers seemed less than friendly towards each other as they exchanged barbs, but that’s not to be unexpected in a tough political campaign.
First, a little background on the candidates. Edward Lynch contested for the same seat in 2008 against the aforementioned Wexler, and despite his loss, Lynch was able to garner over 100,000 votes in a difficult political environment. After his loss, Lynch declared he would run again. Later in 2009, fellow Republicans Joe Budd and Curt Price have also joined the primary contest at about the same time when Robert Wexler abruptly resigned his Congressional seat. Fantastic! I love a spirited race.
The other night at a Republican club meeting in Wynmoor, the three candidates were asked if they would support whoever wins in the special election. In one of the more absurd public displays of political pettiness I’ve ever witnessed, two of the candidates in the race, Joe Budd and Curt Price stated affirmatively that they would not support Edward Lynch if he were to win the race.
I have tried to get a response from both Budd and Price campaigns, but I have not received a response yet. The Lynch camp did comment specifically on their opponents’ remarks themselves, but they reiterated the fact that they would support either Budd or Price if either of them were to win the race.
So Joe Budd and Curt Price, I’ll give you one more opportunity to clarify your thoughts- If you won’t support Edward Lynch if he were to prevail in the Republican Primary, will you be supporting the eventual Democrat candidate as an act of spite?
Decide for yourself if this type of conduct is acceptable in a Republican primary: