By JAVIER MANJARRESThe 2014 mid-term election has already heated up, as U.S. Navy veteran and Conservative blogger Jorge Bonilla has officially announced that he is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida.
Bonilla, who is one of the contributing writers here at the Shark Tank, will be facing off with none other than liberal Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, in Florida’ 9th Congressional District. Here is Jorge’s recent post about Kathleen Sebelius.
According to his website, Bonilla’s family story is very similar to that of many immigrants who have traveled to America to make a better life for themselves and their families, as well another Hispanic member of Congress who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Bonilla’s parents moved from the Island of Puerto Rico in the mid-Sixties, where his father picked apples as a day-laborer, while his mother worked in an aviation seatbelt factory.
The 42-year-old married father of one first answered the call of duty when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, before transferring over to the U.S. Navy, during the Desert Storm era.As a new father, Jorge is deeply concerned about the kind of country he leaves behind to his son.
“If we do not take immediate steps to correct damage inflicted by Democrats and Republicans alike, then the country we leave to our children and grandchildren will be significantly diminished, and no longer the exceptional nation we grew up in. This is not acceptable under any circumstance, and is the reason why Jorge is running for Congress, because it is up to each and every one of us to do everything we can in order to secure America’s future.” –Bonilla For Congress release
The race against Grayson will be the one to watch this cycle. This race will be an ideological slugfest between Bonilla’s conservatism and Grayson’s hard liberalism.
“The Republican healthcare plan is this, die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick“.-Rep. Alan Grayson
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has targeted this seat as one of the races they are closely watching. Back in 2010, after losing to Congressman Daniel Webster, Grayson fed his ego and craving for power by carpetbagging his way into the newly formed 9th congressional district.The 9th Congressional district is considered to favor Democrats by a small margin, despite the fact that Grayson walloped his Republican opponent, Todd Long, in the 2012 general election.
Here is the dirty little secret that everyone from outside of the 9th congressional district does not know. The district is 42% Hispanic, of which the majority are Puerto Rican.
During the 2012 Republican primary election, Grayson and the Democratic Party’s House Majority PAC, pumped in a combined $1.2 million to defeat the Republican frontrunner in the race, John Quinones. Quinones, a Puerto Rican, was positioning himself to cause Grayson a substantial headache in the general election. That is why he and the House Majority PAC decided to attack him, in hopes that it would make it easier for Grayson to face the weaker Todd Long in the general election.
Their dirty trick worked, but this isn’t the first time Grayson tried underhanded tricks to win an election. During his campaign against Congressman Webster, Grayson was said to have put up a phony ‘Tea Party’ candidate in an effort to take votes away from Webster. Grayson failed.
Here is what I expect will happen. Grayson will not be able to hold himself back from attacking Bonilla, whether personally or through proxies. In addition, Grayson will probably try to plant a couple candidates in the Republican primary in an effort to siphon votes away from Bonilla, and/or team up with Democratic PAC’s to funnel money into the race to defeat Bonilla.I wouldn’t put it past him to try to get another Republican Hispanic or a Caucasian man or woman to run against Bonilla, or at the very least recruit some NPA’s that could take away from Bonilla in the general election. As luck would have it, not one, but two Hispanic NPA candidates dropped out and endorsed Grayson the second that Quiñones was blown out of the 2012 GOP primary.
Here is Bonilla’s announcement video- Click here to visit the Bonilla for Congress website, and make a donation to the campaign.
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Video in Spanish can be watched here.