Skip to comments.Republican Clawson wins Florida special election
Posted on 06/24/2014 7:02:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In a victory for the tea party movement, Republican Curt Clawson won a special election in southwest Florida on Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.
The businessman and former Purdue basketball star cruised past Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in a solidly Republican district on the states Gulf Coast. With all precincts reporting, uncertified results show Clawson captured 67 percent of the vote for District 19, which includes most of Lee County and about a third of Collier County....
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That’s good news. Tonight, we need it.
looking for results...good start!
According to wikipedia, Clawson is a Mormom. The first elected outside of the west?
NH Democrat Congressman Dick Swett (who served from like 1991-1995) was (and is) a Mormon. And wasn’t Senator Tillie Fowler (R-FL)
Mormon as well?
Tillie Fowler was listed as an Episcopalian.
Whoops, you meant Paula Hawkins. Yes, she was a Mormon.
D’oh! Yes, I meant Senator Hawkins, not Congresswoman Fowler.
Ex-Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) is listed as one.
Swett, I forgot he was one.
Boswell is “Community of Christ”, Mormon offshoot? I’ve never heard of them.
I didn’t know Paula Hawkins was one. So that’s 2 from Florida now.
Too bad no one told the anti-Mormon brigade that Clawson is one, maybe that would cut down on all the foolish posts celebrating his primary win.
As long as he isn’t a Bishop like Willard Romney.
These people are no different than the Scientologists, but sometimes better than communists.
Lets hope he is a true conservative
For reasons having nothing to do with his religion, I’m not terribly optimistic he’s a “true conservative”. I think he’s a rich businessman who pretended to be “tea party” to get elected. We shall see.
For the numbers, consult the Wikipedia. Looks like a safe seat.
The “ Community of Christ” is an LDS offshoot; from 1871 to 2001 it was called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
But Iowa is west of the Mississippi; if you include Boswell of SW Iowa, might as well include Ed Istook of OKC.
Looking at this map
You can see the drop off in percentage of Mormons as you move east, I guess where to put the “border” of where you might expect to find Mormon politicians is debatable.
I didn’t know there were LDS offshoots, other than the “fundamentalist” sects (nothing more than a smattering of cults and independent Mormons that aren’t officially organized) that still practice polygamy.
Fair enough. Both OKC and SW MO are areas where Mormons are a small minority, and thus it is unusual that a Mormon would be elected to Congress. I just can’t bring myself to call them “Eastern” states. Heck, I’m still partial to calling Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Cincinnati “Western cities,” as they certainly were deemed to be by the National League and the American League during the first half of the 20th Century (each league had 4 “Eastern teams” and 4 “Western teams,” and a “Western road trip” would take you to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis in the NL and Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the AL).
In the NHL, the Chi Blackwawks are in the Western Conference. So were the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets until this past season.
Yeah, but modern-day conference and division placements are stupid. I mean, from 1969-93, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals were in the NL East, while the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds were in the NL West. And the Milwaukee Brewers were in the AL West from 1970-71, the AL East from 1972-93, the AL Central from 1993-1997, and have been in the NL Central since 1998. And didn’t the NBA have expansion franchises during the 1990s switch divisions during their first two or three years?
What I’m talking about is how the old 8-team NL and AL traditionally would field 4 Eastern teams and 4 Western (really, “Midwestern”) teams (but without divisions—they would each play 22 games against each other) so as to have geographic diversity. From 1900 to 1952, the NL had 4 Eastern teams (Boston Braves, NY Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies) and 4 Western teams (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals); from 1903 to 1953, the AL had 4 Eastern teams (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators) and 4 Western teams (Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns).
And as evidence that this geographic diversity was not a coincidence, consider that before the AL had teams in NY and St. Louis, they still had 4 Eastern teams and 4 Western teams (with Baltimore instead of NY in 1901 and 1902 and Milwaukee instead of St. Louis in 1901). As for the NL, when it had 12 teams from 1892-99, it always would have 6 Eastern teams and 6 Western teams, with Boston, NY, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington in the East, and Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago and St. Louis in the West. And the earlier iterations of the 8-team NL also had an equal number of Eastern and Western teams, with Boston, NY, Brooklyn and Philly in the East and Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago in the West from 1890-91; Boston, NY, Philly and Washington in the East and Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago in the West in 1889; Boston, NY, Philly and Washington in the East and Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Detroit and Chicago in the West from 1887-88; Boston, NY, Philly and Washington in the East and Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City (as far west as the NL went until 1958) in the West in 1886; Boston, Providence, NY and Philly in the East and Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis in the West in 1885; Boston, Providence, NY and Philly in the East and Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago in the West in 1883-84; Boston, Providence, Worcester and Troy in the East and Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago in the West in 1881-82; Boston, Providence, Worcester and Troy in the East and Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago in the West in 1880; and Boston, Providence, Troy and Syracuse in the East and Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago in the West in 1879.
And should you doubt that cities like Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland and Cincinnati really are in “the West,” consider the fact that all of the Eastern cities I mentioned are composed, to this day, of a population that call carbonated drinks “soda,” while all of the Western cities I mentioned (save for the special German beer towns of Milwaukee and St. Louis) call carbonated drinks “pop.”
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