With a remarkable abdication of Lee County’s Republican Executive Committee authority Terry Miller this week, clamp chair Chuck Quackenbush will step adult to lead a county classification until members elect a new leader.
Quackenbush, a investigator with a Lee County Sheriff’s Office, has been low form in internal politics, though don’t consider he’s inexperienced. His domestic resume could be a film or discourse about possessing a vital bureau and influence, domestic sight wrecks, recovery, and new life in Southwest Florida.
Most of his domestic career was in California in a 1990s, where he was a longtime state authority and after inaugurated Insurance Commissioner. Quackenbush won some-more than a dozen elections and was severely deliberate as a claimant for governor.
But news reports contend he quiescent a commissioner’s post in 2000 amid accusations of crime and crude use of donated funds, investigations by sovereign law coercion agencies, and a state Senate row that discussed his impeachment. Federal prosecutors motionless not to press charges, though a Google hunt displays hundreds of news stories and reports on what some called a fantastic liaison and downfall.
Quackenbush pronounced staff was to blame, and California Democrats piled on to derail his domestic future.
Quackenbush and his family went to Hawaii, where he became concerned in Republican politics. Some celebration activists there fretted about his past and flourishing influence, according to a 2003 Honolulu Advertiser story. Quackenbush pronounced he wasn’t regulating for office. “I don’t ever wish to go nearby politics again,” he pronounced then.
He after worked in genuine estate, and while checking on Florida, he pronounced Friday, he saw an opening during a Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He went to work there in 2005. “It’s something we always wanted to do,” he said, adding that his troops knowledge gave him additional skills for a post.
As a emissary Quackenbush finished headlines again in 2008 for sharpened someone he was perplexing to arrest. News reports contend a chairman being arrested fought, got Quackenbush’s Taser and incited it on him, and was afterwards shot by Quackenbush.
Quackenbush pronounced he still enjoys politics — “just not a final partial in California,” — and is perplexing to figure out a best approach to stay involved.
Quackenbush was an active believer of Curt Clawson in a congressional primary. Quackenbush’s wife, Chris, is also a outspoken member on tea celebration and regressive blogs and other GOP grassroots efforts.
Taking on a REC’s chairman’s post is unlikely, he said, since it final so most time. “I don’t consider so,” he pronounced of that possibility. “It substantially takes 30-40 hours a week and we already have a full-time pursuit we enjoy.”
Party manners need an choosing within 60 days, and Quackenbush pronounced a REC’s care will accommodate shortly to work out a schedule. The Republican primaries are in late August.
One name already being mentioned is Chauncey Goss, a Sanibel businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012. Goss pronounced Friday he hasn’t severely deliberate a post, though will do so now.
Another name popping up: former authority Gary Aubuchon, who pronounced Friday he appreciates a thought, though has too many business and village obligations to give a celebration post a indispensable time.
Eagle has second opponent
Cape Coral state Rep. Dane Eagle, who’s battling DUI charges, will shortly have another Republican competition in his re-election race.
Attorney Terry Bowen Cramer, who filed papers roughly a year ago to run for a state House 79 chair hold by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, pronounced he’ll run instead opposite Eagle in District 77.
Cramer pronounced he primarily filed for a easterly county House chair meditative that Caldwell would run for a state Senate. But now that Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is seeking re-election to that post, Caldwell will also run for re-election to a House seat.
“I never dictated to run opposite Matt,” Cramer said. “I consider he’s finished a unequivocally good job. But we still wish to offer and we consider we have something to offer, and a Cape Coral post seems like a best place.”
Eagle’s DUI debate did not expostulate his decision, Cramer said, adding that he will not make judgments on that issue. “I’ll let a authorised routine play out and we wish him a best of luck,” he said.
Cramer, 30, pronounced he rents a condo on a dividing line between a dual districts, and that franchise is adult this summer. He’ll afterwards pierce into a Cape’s District 77, he said.
Cramer has finished small fundraising; he pronounced he was watchful to see that seats incumbents followed before removing too low into a campaign.
Another Republican, Jim Roach — who switched from a Democratic Party roughly a year ago — has been in a District 77 competition for months.
Lehigh Democrat running
More than a few easterly Lee County electorate were astounded to find during a new congressional primary that they live in a opposite district than a rest of Lee County, that voted in a GOP District 19 competition won by Curt Clawson.
Much of easterly Lee is in congressional District 17, now hold by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. R-Okeechobee, who faces a re-election plea by Democrat Will Bronson of Lehigh Acres.
Bronson ran opposite Rooney dual years ago and finished with 41 percent of a opinion after spending usually about $10,000, he said, while Rooney spent $1 million. He thinks that’s tighten adequate to make another debate worthwhile.
“We’ve inaugurated a richest possibilities for decades and that hasn’t worked really well,” pronounced Bronson who sounds some-more professorial than political. “Now it’s time to try something different.”
A former Navy commander and Delta Airlines captain, Bronson also has modernized divinity degrees, and was active as a Republican, mostly in New England. He told BUPAC members this week his regard with vast corporations’ change over Congress, a augmenting income opening and timorous center category led him to switch to Democrat.
Capitalism and giveaway craving are no longer clear in a U.S., he said, adding that taxation breaks and other assistance from supervision helps out many vast businesses. “We don’t have a giveaway market” so most anymore, he said. “We have rapacious capitalism….we have a corporate-ocracy.” The armies of lobbyists operative for companies in Washington are serve evidence, he said. If a lobbyists were not removing things finished to assistance their employers, a companies would not be regulating them.
He supports cuts in a Department of Defense to assistance account a open works module to reconstruct most of a nation’s exploding infrastructure. That would yield jobs as good as urge indispensable facilities.
Betty Parker is a freelance author specializing in politics. Her mainstay appears in Saturday’s The News-Press and on news-press.com.