This November, in Florida House District 76 voters looking to reduce the role of government in their everyday lives will have two alternatives on Election Day to represent Naples and Marco Island. One choice is Republican Kathleen Passidomo, a “RINO” who has done little to slow the growth of government in Tallahassee or interference from Washington, DC. The other option is Peter Richter–a Constitutional Conservative committed to protecting the personal and economic freedom of his constituents.
Prior to her selection as Florida House Representative for District 76, Passidomo had no official position on red-light cameras. However, she decided to support the devices because Collier County Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk “told her to” and “told her they worked”. The question is, did he tell her they actually worked to improve safety, or that they really worked to boost revenue for the county coffers? In contrast to this big-government practice, Richter opposes red-light cameras throughout his district and all of Florida.
The biggest issue of contention between Peter Richter and Kathleen Passidomo is Passidomo’s support for the “Florida Fair Foreclosure Act”. On the surface, the premises of the bill seem virtuous. The legislation would speed up the foreclosure act, which has allowed “squatters” to reside in homes for up to two years without a single mortgage payment. However, the bill has the support of big banks and lawyers (such as Passidomo) that prosecute foreclosures, and reading the fine print reveals details that take away any “fairness” in the legislation. In the house, the bill is called HB (House Bill) 213, which is Passidomo’s version. In the Senate, the name is SB (Senate Bill) 1890. The bill moving through the Florida Legislature contains a provision in lines 231 through 290, which puts a limit on compensation from the lending institutions. In the past, there have been situations where banks have mistakenly foreclosed on an owner’s property, which could be remedied by simply allowing the homeowner to reassume the mortgage. Under these new regulations, if an individual’s home is foreclosed on by mistake, he or she could not get the home back; the owner would only be entitled to a monetary reward. Provisions in line 436 through 439 of the bill can allow a court to force the homeowner to waive his or her right to trial–a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
In reaction to Passidomo’s bill, Peter Richter renamed this legislation the Florida UN-Fair Foreclosure Act (FUFA), and thoroughly exposed the unfairness and deceitfulness of “FFA” on the 1787 Network broadcast Friday morning, hosted by Alex Snitker and Adrian Wyllie. Richter provided examples of condominium and housing associations that have forced homes out of foreclosure in six months or less. If the homeowner is also refusing to pay association dues, this places a legally allowable lien on the property. This gives the associations leverage to speed up a foreclosure. Richter points out in many cases, it is the banks and foreclosure prosecutors who drag out the process of foreclosure to such a long period of time. Richter summarizes all of this information in this concise web link: http://electrichter.com/FFA/.
There are other areas of hypocrisy which questions Passidomo’s defense of “small government”. Recently, she supported laws that would take away a person’s right to smoke on both public and private beaches. How does restricting a person’s right to smoke in an open area or on private property work to reduce government? And while less governmental interference would suggest a local school district decides which textbooks are most appropriate for its community, Passidomo recently supported legislation that allows bureaucrats in Tallahassee to force school districts across Florida to adopt the same book.
In the end, the decision comes down to real actions or broken promises. Richter, a father with a young family, will fight to protect the personal and economic freedoms of his constituents in Naples for many years to come. Passidomo, hand chosen by her successor Tom Grady, will work to protect the interests of big government and the big businesses of Collier County. Voters that truly want smaller government will not be frightened by Richter‘s “Libertarian“ label, and will vote for personal and economic freedom. For any individuals that would like the opportunity to meet Richter, information on his first “Meet and Greet” can be found on the Facebook event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/191744460931426/. For more information about Peter Richter and his political ideologies, visit his campaign website at: http://www.electrichter.com/.