County Commission candidate Buck Walz accepts a very odd in-kind donation

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Pinellas County Commission candidate Buck Walz is one of those long-shot candidates who is not crazy enough to be interesting, but also not viable enough to give much more than a second glance. He’s just a guy running for office.  Dozens of these guys run each for local office each election cycle, but you probably don’t remember any of them.

Well, I’ll remember Buck Walz after this cycle, if for nothing else than he is the candidate who accepted a $200 in-kind donation to his campaign from the Wyoming Antelope Club for a one-year membership at the fire-arm range.

Because what a candidate needs most on the campaign trail is to be properly trained on how to shoot a bullseye on a paper target.

Listen, this post isn’t a screed for or against gun rights or the Second Amendment. Trust me, we’re well-armed in these parts. I just wonder why a candidate would accept a gun club membership through their campaign account.

Does proper firearms training prepare a prospective County Commissioner on how to balance the budget or solve the community’s transportation needs? Does being able to load a Glock help a County Commissioner decide whether Pinellas needs fluoride in our drinking water?

Accepting this in-kind contribution is just odd.

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