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Bad Idea for First Coast Tea Party to Throw Away Ander Crenshaw

By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM
From the Right Coast

There may be another incumbent-tossing in the wind for Northeast Florida.

In the last election, longtime congressman Cliff Stearns was replaced with Ted Yoho, despite the fact that Stearns was a staunch conservative.

Tea party types are ready to dismiss all incumbents – Democrat and Republican alike – and are working hard to oust the incumbent in the 4th Congressional District, Ander Crenshaw.

While I'm fully in accord with what the tea party stands for, it is a matter of tactics.

Supporters of Ryman Shoaf, Crenshaw's opponent in the Republican primary, contend that he is more conservative and will do a better job.

Maybe.

But they have taken to using the word “liberal” in attacking Crenshaw, and distorting both his record and campaign funding.

I live in his district. He is not a liberal. What liberal has the support of Right to Life and the NRA, was an early proponent of the Fair Tax and as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee has cut funding for the IRS by $1.5 billion?

He may have voted to raise the debt ceiling and to continue funding the government, but most conservatives understand that the left can use such votes – with the help of a compliant leftist media – to blame them for “shutting down the government” and “defaulting on our debt.” Both are phony charges, but in politics, perception matters more than truth.

In fact, the House has been able to cut federal government discretionary spending by $645 billion while Crenshaw has been there, even with liberals in control of the Senate.

Shoaf has no record, but he promises to vote against everything, to balance the budget, eliminate the debt, etc. All safe promises. But there are 534 other people who also have a vote.

One organization on the right has given Crenshaw a low rating on selected votes. But the American Conservative Union gives him a lifetime rating of 84, 4 points better than Yoho. He also had a stellar record as a legislator and president of the Florida Senate.

Ronald Reagan said anyone who voted with him 80 percent of the time was his friend.

Shoaf, a retired Navy captain, might do a good job in the House if elected. He won't have the clout Crenshaw has but he might attain it in time. But the truth is, he and Crenshaw have about the same views, and Crenshaw has more experience.

However, even though it is a fairly solid Republican district, there is a greater chance of an upset in the general election for an unknown than a well-known incumbent.

This year may be the last chance Republicans have to regain control of Congress and counter the leftist agenda coming from the White House.

What would it avail the conservative cause to gain the Senate but lose the House?

In this critical election, do Republicans really want to be taking chances? And how much distortion is reasonable in pursuit of your goal?



Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as a policy analyst for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
 

 


Comments (19)

Rebecca Smith
2:24PM AUG 20TH 2014
Sorry, but Crenshaw is out....41 years is too long!....They all are too comfortable in their jobs. The only time I hear Crenshaw's name mentioned is when he campaigns for VOTES! We need new blood in Congress and in all areas. To keep voting the same person in until they are 90 years old is insane, and downright lazy thinking. We need drastic change....this country is almost doomed for sure.
Peggy Hall
8:40AM AUG 20TH 2014
Do we understand what a liberal really is? I am Catholic. In one election, 60% of Catholics who voted, voted for Obama. NOW HERE IS THE RUB. Catholics are SUPPOSED to be pro-life. Obama OBVIOUSLY is not. So how can they say they are Catholic and vote for Obama? I have no idea. HOWEVER, I do think this is the type of issue that Ander has. NRA disgusts me anymore. And Right to Life is ok, I suppose, but Ryman is pro-life too. So, that is a scratch. LOOK at
Peggy Hall
8:49AM AUG 20TH 2014
Double posted, sorry. what I was going to say was Look at the real Crenshaw voting record. Heritage rates him at 43% conservative. For those of you challenged in math, that is not even half. In addition, out of 435 members of congress, Crenshaw is rated at 5 places above Corrine Brown. As a reminder, Corrine was listed as a member of the socialist party on the DSA website. That is among the other 70 or so members of congress who are listed there.
Crenshaw is a 42 year career politician who now says he will help the veterans. Well Ander, why have you not done that in 13 years? This did not start under Obama. Where have you been, in California golfing? Too bad Florida is not a good enough golf destination. Crenshaw constituents, wake up. This guy is just living off the public and refuses to retire even though he is in politics for 42 years. Talk about a leech. Yes, that is my assessment of him and all the rest of him that do the same.
Peggy Hall
8:49AM AUG 20TH 2014
Double posted, sorry. what I was going to say was Look at the real Crenshaw voting record. Heritage rates him at 43% conservative. For those of you challenged in math, that is not even half. In addition, out of 435 members of congress, Crenshaw is rated at 5 places above Corrine Brown. As a reminder, Corrine was listed as a member of the socialist party on the DSA website. That is among the other 70 or so members of congress who are listed there.
Crenshaw is a 42 year career politician who now says he will help the veterans. Well Ander, why have you not done that in 13 years? This did not start under Obama. Where have you been, in California golfing? Too bad Florida is not a good enough golf destination. Crenshaw constituents, wake up. This guy is just living off the public and refuses to retire even though he is in politics for 42 years. Talk about a leech. Yes, that is my assessment of him and all the rest of him that do the same.
Peggy Hall
8:49AM AUG 20TH 2014
Double posted, sorry. what I was going to say was Look at the real Crenshaw voting record. Heritage rates him at 43% conservative. For those of you challenged in math, that is not even half. In addition, out of 435 members of congress, Crenshaw is rated at 5 places above Corrine Brown. As a reminder, Corrine was listed as a member of the socialist party on the DSA website. That is among the other 70 or so members of congress who are listed there.
Crenshaw is a 42 year career politician who now says he will help the veterans. Well Ander, why have you not done that in 13 years? This did not start under Obama. Where have you been, in California golfing? Too bad Florida is not a good enough golf destination. Crenshaw constituents, wake up. This guy is just living off the public and refuses to retire even though he is in politics for 42 years. Talk about a leech. Yes, that is my assessment of him and all the rest of him that do the same.
Peggy Hall
8:40AM AUG 20TH 2014
Do we understand what a liberal really is? I am Catholic. In one election, 60% of Catholics who voted, voted for Obama. NOW HERE IS THE RUB. Catholics are SUPPOSED to be pro-life. Obama OBVIOUSLY is not. So how can they say they are Catholic and vote for Obama? I have no idea. HOWEVER, I do think this is the type of issue that Ander has. NRA disgusts me anymore. And Right to Life is ok, I suppose, but Ryman is pro-life too. So, that is a scratch. LOOK at
Hank Heinold
8:17PM AUG 19TH 2014
There are 2 NPA and 1 Write-in Candidates that will oppose the Republican Primary winner in the November General Election and they will not be a factor.
Hank Heinold
4:20PM AUG 19TH 2014
Michael you are so very wrong. Constitutional Republicans are looking for principled virtuous statesman who will abide by the the US Constitution and support limited government, personal liberty and freedom. Crenshaw is a big govt. liberal Republican politician proven by his voting record. These are the facts. He is beholden to the same big govt. House Leadership. It would be nice for the media and bloggers to do a little homework and show some intellectual integrity. Crenshaw is closer to Corrine Brown's voting record than he is to Ron DeSantis who is a conservative as his voting record illustrates. Just fact, Ander would tout the scorecards if possible.
Michael
4:04PM AUG 19TH 2014
Brown's column and the comments lambasting Lloyd Brown and Crenshaw show why the Republican Party is being taken over by near seditionists that want the United States to be governed by the Articles of Confederation not the Constitution of the United States.
The Democratic Party is spite of its many faults is far more for the Constitution and responsible governance representing the best interests of the people. Crenshaws votes that are listed as apostacy are prudent and avoid catastrophe.
Peggy Hall
8:43AM AUG 20TH 2014
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. We have a potus who shreds the Constitution and you can say that with a straight face? Yes, Crenshaw votes with the democrats most of the time, and THAT is the problem.
Donna
2:11PM AUG 19TH 2014
Mr. Brown's concern that Ander Crenshaw's seat will fall into Democrat hands unless he is the Republican's nominee is unwarranted. There is NO Democrat running for it. Whoever wins the Republican primary on August 26 wins the seat.
Peggy Hall
8:41AM AUG 20TH 2014
EXACTLY DONNA. It is all liberal media baloney.
F L Huckabee
12:59PM AUG 19TH 2014
If I were a Tea Party member, I would leave them NOW. Ander Crenshaw will get my vote !!!!!!!!
Hank Heinold
12:22PM AUG 19TH 2014
Subject: Ander Crenshaw votes 5 times with all or nearly all Democrats to override a majority of House Republicans! - Not A Conservative

Ander Crenshaw FL-4 (Republican) voted 4 times (2013 & 2014) with all Democrats to override a majority of House Republicans and one time with all but 16 Dems to override a majority of House Republicans. This is proof Ander Crenshaw is a liberal Republican along with his atrocious voting scorecards I have listed in another comment.

House Vote 208 – HR 2548 Electrify Africa Act 2014 (date of vote May 8, 2014)
YES 297 (191 Dem & 106 REP incl. Ander Crenshaw), NO 117 (all REP), Didn’t Vote 18

House Vote 550 – Passes Senate Budget Compromise - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 (date of vote Oct 16, 2013)
YES 285 (198 Dem & 87 REP incl. Ander Crenshaw), NO 144 (all REP), Didn’t Vote 3

House Vote 91 – HR 1033 American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013 (date of vote Apr 9, 2013)
YES 283 (182 Dem & 101 REP incl. Ander Crenshaw), NO 122 (all REP), Didn’t Vote 27

House Vote 55 – Passes Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (date of vote Feb 28, 2013)
YES 286 (199 Dem & 87 REP incl. Ander Crenshaw), NO 138 (all REP), Didn’t Vote 8

House Vote 659 – HR 8 Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal –American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (date of vote Jan 1, 2013)
YES 257 (172 Dem & 85 REP incl. Ander Crenshaw), NO 167 (151 REP & 16 Dem), Didn’t Vote 8
*Source NYT and Clerk of House
Hank Heinold
12:15PM AUG 19TH 2014
Nice single cherry pick of a voting scorecard Lloyd Brown. Let's deal with facts for this year and last! Since your website will not let one post links then your readers will have to go these sites to see the scores.
Here are the top 5 conservative scorecards as of 8/1/2014 for Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) and two other local candidates (comparison) for your voting and editorial use. Ander Crenshaw has a failing score, "F" across the board. At best he is a Liberal Republican and his claim to be a conservative is simply not true. Ron DeSantis (FL-6) has an B+ or better across the board and is a conservative in words and votes! FL-4 is the second most conservative congressional district in Florida. Ryman Shoaf is a conservative constitutional Republican and will vote that way unlike our 14-year incumbent Crenshaw. We deserve a real conservative now so vote for Ryman Shoaf on August 26th in the Republican FL-4 Primary.
Heritage Action scorecard as of Aug 1st, 2014 113th Congress:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 44% Lifetime = 48% House Republican Average = 62%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 88%
Corinne Brown (Dem) =9%

Club for Growth 2013 scorecard:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 52%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 99%
Corinne Brown (Dem) = 11%

Freedom Works 2014 Key Votes as of 8/1/2014:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 36%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 93%
Corinne Brown (Dem) = 8%

Freedom Works 2013 Key Votes:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 45%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 91%
Corinne Brown (Dem) = 19%

American For Prosperity 2013-2014 as of 7/25/2014:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 55%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 100%
Corinne Brown (Dem) = 9%

American Conservative Union (ACU) 2013 Scorecard latest available:
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 52%
Ron DeSantis (Rep) = 100%
Corinne Brown (Dem) = 21%

Madison Project 2013 Legislative Scores 112th Congress (2011 and 2012 combined)
Ander Crenshaw (Rep) = 47% , MPI -43, Member Hall of Shame Summary: “Crenshaw represents the second most conservative district in Florida, yet he is the most underperforming member and one of the most liberal Republicans in the delegation. In 2011, Crenshaw voted for every spending bill, the debt ceiling, and against almost every effort to cut spending. As a member of the appropriations committee, Crenshaw is a big supporter of TARP and earmarks. Although he voted against Obamacare, as did all Republicans, Crenshaw supports the provision to mandate coverage for preexisting conditions – the very mandates that are driving up the cost of health insurance premiums. He clearly has no understanding of free markets or the proper role of government.”
Rebecca Sharp
10:49AM AUG 19TH 2014
Stop touting the "ANDER, ANDER he's our man if he can't waste taxpayers money, nobody can!" Cut the crap, he has sold his constituents down the river to many times to count! His 44 cent postage stamp. depicting the African, Asian Elephant, along with the Turtle, as they may be extinct nonsense is just one of the many tax money wasted stunts he has pulled. At a time when Floridians need jobs and may become EXTINCT, he is worried about an African Elephant?!? He actually sent me an email outlining how all this is at NO COST TO TAXPAYERS! I check the bill, they spent over 14 months discussing this in meetings and the videos were unbelievable and please correct me but are we not paying these jerks to discuss this topic? He needs to GO! I tried calling his office his receptionist says "He has over 400,000 constituents , he doesn't have TIME TO TALK TO YOU!" I left no less than 50 messages for his local and D.C. office, not a peep from him in return. He has the principles of a TOAD, piss on you, tell you it's raining and leave you with warts! Go Ryman!
Thomas
9:36AM AUG 19TH 2014
Some of these Jax area tea party people are, as they say USEFUL IDIOTS. Dummies that are being stoked by and funded by guys like Axelrod and Soros across the country to totally split the Republican Party at a time when it should be united against big government takeovers by Obama and Harry Reid. And the funny thing is they don't even know it. They have no idea that they have been Harry Reid's best weapon - and Pelosi would love nothing more than to start taking these leaning R districts by watching the Republicans nominate some inexperienced neophyte who says stupid crap in a microphone.

The Tea party folks really have no strategy to actually win. Its all about blowing people up, then they end up going down in flames with independent voters.

Its a travesty and thank SSN for pointing this one out. Anyone who calls Ander Crenshaw a liberal is a moron or a liar. Or a USEFUL IDIOT.
Lane
8:39AM AUG 19TH 2014
Here is a proposal for political career cycle of a principled politician committed to what is best for America: For an office with a 2 year election cycle, serve for two or three terms, maximum of four. After your second term, start encouraging, mentoring or assisting fellow citizens to run for the office. By the primary following your third or fourth cycle, help the next person get elected.
Notice I said "principled" politician. Every day a politician spends away from the district is a day they become more disconnected from reality, another day that Washington as opposed to America becomes their world. Lloyd's idea of a "keeper" is someone who compromises to put us $17 trillion in debt, goes along with more taxpayer funded give away programs and whose main goal is to stay in office. Congress's approval rating peaks out at about 11% yet we keep sending the same folks back over 90% of the time! When is the last time a member of Congress went to the store to buy necessities or fill a prescription like real Americans have to do every day?
Hey, Lloyd, if enough of the 535 members of Congress had the guts to say NO more often, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we are in. So, we will send new hearty souls to Washington until we find enough with the guts to act responsibly. Ander, it is time to retire.
Peggy Hall
8:52AM AUG 20TH 2014
Lane, here here. Well said.

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