With Rand Paul's Endorsement, Ted Yoho Kicks Off Second-Term Bid

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 22, 2014 3:55 AM
Jake Rush, Rand Paul, Ted Yoho

Jake Rush, Rand Paul, Ted Yoho

As he kicks off his bid for a second term, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., finds himself in a much different position than last time out. In 2012, Yoho, a large-animal veteran who was a political unknown, was challenging longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., in the Republican primary. But this time, Yoho started his campaign off by touting the endorsement of one of the leading Republican presidential possibilities of the 2016 election.

Earlier this week, Yoho kicked off his campaign for a second term in Congress with the help of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at an event in Newberry with more than 500 supporters in attendance. Yoho’s team released a video from Paul late on Thursday, with the senator endorsing the Florida congressman. With Paul thinking about running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Yoho hyped him up as the “presidential front-runner.”

“I am glad to endorse my friend and colleague Ted Yoho for re-election,” Paul said. “The thing about Congressman Yoho is that he has been unafraid, and I think why he has been unafraid to defend liberty, defend limited government and our Constitution is because he had a real life. He had a real job. As a veterinarian, he isn’t afraid to go back to his profession at any point and time, so he hasn’t been afraid to stand up to Republicans or Democrats who aren’t doing the right thing.

“In Washington, we are still borrowing more than $1 million a minute,” Paul continued. “We keep electing people but it’s not changing. It’s only going to change when people begin to follow the lead of people like Congressman Ted Yoho. So I am proud to stand with Congressman Ted Yoho. I am proud to endorse him and proud to support him. When you are looking for leadership, when Florida is looking for leadership, Ted Yoho is your man and I am proud to stand with him.

“I am extremely proud to kick off our 2014 campaign for Congress with the endorsement of presidential front-runner Sen. Rand Paul,” Yoho said. “His conservative leadership and tenacity in getting the conservative message out is admirable. We are going to continue to fight for the conservative principles that we were sent to Washington to uphold. I am honored and humbled to have his support and look forward to working with Sen. Paul on getting our country back.”

Earlier this week, Gainesville attorney Jake Rush, who once worked for the Alachua County sheriff as a deputy, launched a bid to challenge Yoho in the Republican primary. Rush took the gloves off and went on the attack, hitting Yoho as a “problem” with a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth.

“Conservative voters in north Central Florida are tired of being disappointed and embarrassed by their congressman,” said Rush on Thursday. “As an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy and attorney who practices constitutional and federal law, I have seen firsthand the overreaching authority of our government and the need to stand strong against it.

“There is a problem in America, and it ain’t you, the voters,” Rush added. “It’s not you, it’s not me, but it’s Ted Yoho and every promise he broke, every misguided vote he’s cast, and every ridiculous thing he’s said. There’s a problem and it’s Ted Yoho.”

Rush will hit the ground running early next week with 12 events scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

“This campaign is not going to get outworked,” said Alex Patton, a consultant working for Rush. “Jake Rush has a strong, conservative message, and our research and experience shows us that when the voters are simply made aware of incumbent Yoho’s activities in Washington, they abandon him in droves.”

The Republican primary will be on Aug. 26. Two Democrats -- consultant Aquasia Johnson McDowell and teacher Marihelen Wheeler who ran for the Florida House in 2012 -- are seeking their party’s nomination.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (8)

8:42PM JUN 16TH 2014
Let's get the facts correct--for one thing Ted Yoho is not a large animal veteran--I wonder what else is incorrect in this analysis.
Fran k
8:28AM MAR 24TH 2014
2nd term bid? Just being an incumbent should make him unqualified. Unless we want to continue with this disabled Congress, vote out the bums .....

10:15PM MAR 23RD 2014
The reality is the GOP needs a candidate like Jake Rush, because they need to have someone the average person can relate to, while aspiring to be them. (Not to mention connect to the younger generation.) A millionaire like Ted Yoho has moved beyond a point where he can truly empathize with what it is to be the average 'Joe' trying to stabilize a family and survive the minefields of everyday life. Jake Rush on the other hand is young, a family man, and has seen the life conditions the average person has to go through in this part of Florida through his current and previous employment as well as his community involvement. It would be foolish of the Republican Party to keep putting up people that a normal person can't relate to... and last I checked less than a majority of this country are well below the million mark in net worth.
Bill H.
12:48PM MAR 23RD 2014
Rush is a true public servant being a former sheriff's officer. One look at Yoho's bio should tell you that he is an experienced vet, clean background, and would be great at working in another area that focuses on his strengths. Yoho is clearly meant to serve in agriculture or pet treatment.
Just because you are a member of the team does not mean he should bat for us.
Rand stepping up to back Yoho says one thing, Yoho is Rand's puppet to stay in office to vote Rand's votes.
Integrity and public service are the first, foremost, and the foundation of Rush. Yoho has clearly overestimated his abilities and underestimated Rush.
If Yoho really wanted to show he would do anything for us he would drop out, back Rush, and not split the votes.
Of course if Yoho happens to win and new laws come into play that affect my cat I guess Yoho could add something.
isaac everett
9:00AM MAR 23RD 2014
Yoho is the worst kind of Tea Partier - anyone who thinks that shutting down the government and defaulting on our debts is good for America has got to go. Rush seems like an intelligent conservative, and I'm excited to see him running in this race.
7:47AM MAR 23RD 2014
Yoho is a birther, a BENGHAZI! truther, a IMPEACH OBAMA!, and a all around fool. He really needs a clown nose, big shoes and a wig. It is a shame anyone is represented by one such as he. He also does not understand the Constitution or economics. That he is being challenged from the right is a measure of how banal the Republican Party has become offering no meaningful solutions to any problems.
11:58AM MAR 22ND 2014
Doesn't matter. If the people want to continue to provide Congress with one of a dozen yo-yos, so be it. This country will remain deeply divided by those who want to remain rich and powerful, and the rest of us who'd be happy to make ends meet!
Chris Summerlin
11:27AM MAR 22ND 2014
Jake Rush is in for a big surprise. The "thermometer" that measures Dr. Yoho's performance response in District 3 is running "very hot". Mr. Rush is throwing out blanket accusations that Dr. Yoho has not upheld his promises in his votes in Congress. Mr. Rush would serve himself well if he indeed familiarized himself with the Constitution and Congessman Yoho's stance on issues. He might just find that he hasn't the proverbial political leg on which to stand.

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