U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross named “Taxpayer Hero” by government watchdog group

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross was named “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste for his 2013 voting record to reduce government waste.

Ross represents Florida’s 15th Congressional District, which covers parts of Hillsborough and Polk Counties, Lakeland, Plant City, New Tampa and Bartow.

“I’m honored to stand for taxpayers,” Ross said. “Many families are struggling financially in this economy. The government takes too much of their hard-earned money as it is.”

The Lakeland Republican cites his efforts in finding millions in wasted government money, such as “$750,000 for a soccer field for terrorists and $559,681 to study shrimps’ performance on a treadmill.”

“I’m working hard on their behalf to eliminate waste and ensure transparency,” he added

Citizens Against Government Waste is a non-partisan, non-profit organization boasting more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Founded in 1984 by entrepreneur J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW seeks to eliminate waste and inefficiency in the federal government.

Dennis Ross will likely face Democrat Alan Cohn in November. Cohen is a longtime broadcast journalist perhaps best known locally for his work at WFTS-Ch. 28.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.