The Nov. 6 general election is just days away, and Florida voters have plenty to decide before they enter their polling place. For the past several weeks, the Town-Crier has offered opinions on some of the items voters will find on the ballot. This week we offer our recommendations for U.S Congress in District 18, State Senate in District 25 and the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 18 — Incumbent Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) headed north to run in the newly drawn District 18, covering the Treasure Coast and northern Palm Beach County, including The Acreage. He faces a challenge from Democrat Patrick Murphy. This has been one of the nastiest Congressional campaigns nationwide, and it underscores the lack of respect between the two national parties. Elected in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party support, Mr. West has made a name for himself, though it’s mostly because of his comments about Democrats, whom he considers unpatriotic and suggested at one point they “get the hell out” of the country. It’s unfortunate, too, because in person Mr. West is a wonderful guy and extremely charming. But on the national stage he is a symbol of the polarization in Congress. Now more than ever, Congress needs to come together, not be pulled further apart. Accusing other members of being “Communists” might make for good headlines and will definitely rile up the conservative base, but it further sets back relations between the two parties, both in Congress and across the nation. While Mr. Murphy is not an ideal candidate — we would prefer someone from the area with a longer track record — as a former Republican, he will likely take more moderate positions and be willing to work with the other side. And right now, that is crucial, especially if the elections result in a divided government. The Town-Crier endorses Patrick Murphy for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 18.