From Franco Ripple:
Today is my 29th birthday (and I’m starting to feel old!)…
Five years ago today, Barack Obama filed paperwork as a candidate for President of the United States. America was full of hope for a more united future, and for leadership on the challenges our country faces.
Five years later, the President has worked hard to ensure our nation’s economic recovery – but Washington is more partisan and more divided than ever before. Congress is more interested in scoring political points than in making tough choices for our neighbors, friends and family. Few in Washington are taking the long view and finding ways to work together – and leadership from Congress on issues like affordable housing, climate change and energy security is all but nonexistent.
Back in 2009, I went to work for a smart, tough, principled county commissioner named Kristin Jacobs. As I got to know her, I noticed that she didn’t doublespeak and play games the way so many politicians do. She spoke her mind and voted the way she thought right – not how some lobbyist told her to. And I saw she treated people with the kind of respect that comes from her truly humble beginnings. I began to think that maybe the future held big things for my boss Kristin.
That future is now. That’s why I’m incredibly proud that today – on my birthday – Kristin has filed paperwork as a candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 22nd District.
If that district sounds familiar to you, its because Allen West just abandoned it for safer political ground further north. Kristin has represented parts of the 22nd District for 14 years now, so few could know it better. South Florida needs principled, Democratic leaders like Kristin who can fight for our values while knowing how to reach across the aisle. Americans are tired of the divisive politics and overheated rhetoric – and I know Kristin’s the type to build consensus and get work done.
There’s just six months until the primary election. That’s not a lot of time – but if anyone can pull off the underdog’s upset, its Kristin. She did it in 1998, beating an incumbent commissioner despite being outspent 15-to-1. And I know she’ll do it again this August. With your help, I know Kristin can fulfill the change the President started five years ago by sending one of Florida’s best to Washington. As always, thanks for all that you do.