Florida House candidate wants to "kick some Republican butt"
Clifford Somers, the only Democrat so far who's filed to run for the state House District 57 seat, elicited a roomful of cheers when he made a pitch at the South Tampa Democratic club meeting tonight by asking "Who wants to kick some Republican butt?" Somers is seeking the post being vacated by Republican Faye Culp because of term limits. And why kick that GOP butt? Somers said he can sum up the legacy of the Republican-dominated legislature in two words: "It sucks." To boost funding for such things as education and courts there's only one solution: "We have got to raise taxes," he said. Specifically, he mentioned a tax on services, including those provided by attorneys, and ending many sales tax exemptions. Four Republicans have filed to keep Culp's seat in the hands of the butts Somers wants to kick: Dana Young, Todd Marks, A.J. Matthews and Dan Malloy.
Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern also spoke at the meeting about her recent trip to Cuba, advocating for an end to the 47-year-old trade embargo and calling U.S. policies toward the island nation "Kafka-esque." She lamented the fact that Barack Obama recently extended the embargo for a year, blaming a handful of anti-Castro hardliners from Miami for keeping the policy in place.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer