The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce launched a federal PAC -- the Jacksonville Chamber Committee for Good Government -- and endorsed two veterans of Florida politics on Wednesday in Republican Ander Crenshaw and Democrat Corrine Brown.
Crenshaw is facing a serious primary challenge from retired Navy Capt. Ryman Shoaf, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., in next weeks primary. Brown doesnt face any Democratic foes but former gubernatorial aide Glo Smith battles businesswoman Twee Lowe in the Republican primary. Neither of these races is expected to be competitive come November.
Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, the president and CEO of the Jacksonville Chamber, explained why the group was backing the two members of Congress and why the group was wading into federal affairs. Davis, who is retiring from the Florida House this year to focus on leading the Jacksonville Chamber, pointed to the most recent efforts to improve the St. Johns River for the Panama Canal expansion.
As the Jacksonville Chamber gets more involved in policy issues most notably the economic development project to deepen the St. Johns River to 47 feet it made sense to be more involved at the federal level," Davis said.
It was critical to rally local business leaders and elected officials in the efforts to get the harbor deepening project approved, but we know it could not happen without our congressional delegation, Davis added. Congressman Crenshaw and Congresswoman Brown are excellent partners in Washington, fighting to improve our local economy, and we wanted to show our support for their hard work.
Crenshaw got some additional support on Wednesday from the Tea Party of Florida, a minor political party which was urging Republicans to support him over Shoaf.
Congressman Ander Crenshaw strongly supports less taxes, less government and more individual freedom and has served with honor and distinction in the U.S. Congress, said John Ferentinos, the state chairman of the Tea Party of Florida. We urge all voters who are conservative and support traditional values to vote for Ander Crenshaw in the August 26, 2014, primary.
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