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GOP newcomer Amory Bodin bashes Rep. Fresen as lobbyist pal

Former Republican Party chairman Erik Fresen won't get a pass in this year's GOP primary where accountant Amory Bodin is putting in the time -- and taking the shots -- to give Fresen a spirited challenge in the state House District 114 race.

Bodin's opening press release:

Miami, FL – June 18, 2012 – Pledging to put the interests of everyday citizens ahead of political insiders and special interests, CPA Amory Bodin has formally announced his candidacy for Florida House District 114.

In remarks delivered to a gathering of supporters, Bodin declared: “The citizens of District 114 deserve to have their interests come first, not those of political insiders, lobbyists, cronies and vote-corrupting campaign contributors of a career politician.”

Bodin seeks to oust incumbent Erik Fresen. “This is a campaign about trust and integrity. It will be a campaign of contrast,” he continued.

A father of three, Bodin told the crowd: “I’m running for office, because now more than ever, we simply can’t afford business as usual in Tallahassee. Florida is facing a hidden debt crisis that threatens to crush the hopes and dreams of our children and families. That crisis is the direct result of politicians like Erik Fresen, who prefer to hand out favors to lobbyists, political insiders and cronies than exercise fiscal discipline.”

Bodin continued: “On the campaign trail, Erik Fresen claims he is fiscally responsible. But when the voters’ backs are turned, he has repeatedly voted for tax increases, pork barrel spending, and budgets with enormous hidden deficits. Regrettably, this is entirely consistent with the trail of financial mismanagement in his personal affairs, and the false and misleading public disclosure forms he has filed to try and cover it up.”

Bodin cited his career experience as a CPA, founder of multiple businesses and CFO of two high-tech companies as critically important at a time when elected representatives are being called upon to deal with a growing web of financial crises and a continuing need for job creation and creative solutions to jump-start sustainable economic growth.

Bodin pledged to work to strengthen the quality of workforce education, eliminate unnecessary and overlapping regulations for small business, strengthen accountability for timely service from unelected government bureaucrats, and increase accountability for the financial crimes and corporate law-breaking that has crippled Florida real estate markets.

Explaining his opposition to casino gambling initiatives, Bodin noted: “Casino gambling is the ultimate fool’s gold. If there’s one thing the casino gambling con artists know how to do, it’s come into a community and separate the local people from their money. They create a short-term boost in temporary jobs, but wind up destroying local businesses, and in the long haul, leave local communities holding the bag.” Bodin continued: “They’re expert at selling false hope. The hard truth is, over the long haul, casino gambling bleeds communities of their resources and leaves them with increased crime, huge hidden costs, and massive job loss in small business.” “We need to do the tough work required to achieve real, sustainable, permanent job growth, not chase a quick-fix mirage that turns to dust and misery in a few short years.”

Bodin went on to explain his strong focus on helping small and mid-size businesses lift the economy. He noted that it is these types of businesses that account for 80% of job growth, and are the real sustainers of local economies.

As the meeting drew to a close, Bodin concluded by stressing the contrast between his opponent and himself.

“It’s clear Mr. Fresen’s knowledge and interest in financial matters consists primarily of how to work the system to give handouts to his favorite lobbyists, cronies and Tallahassee insiders.”

“While he’s spent his entire working life as a lobbyist and politician, I’ve built and grown businesses, created jobs, met payrolls, and contributed to real economic development.”

“He’s a professional politician, I’m a CPA – and I think when it comes to your tax
dollars, only one of us is truly qualified to manage them.”