One of our own from the REGJB is running for Congress, and if you live in her district, you should vote for Mary Barzee-Flores. If you don't live in her district, you should contribute to her campaign and volunteer to help for this last weekend.
Mary Barzee-Flores started her career at the Federal PDs office. One of her trial partners was a young David O Markus. You may have heard of him. From the Federal PDs, Barzee-Flores ran for Circuit Court judge and won when after qualifying, her opponent withdrew.
On the bench at the REGJB Judge Barzee-Flores was one of the very good judges we have had in our courthouse. Her intelligence was undeniable, and she was firm, fair, and moved her docket efficiently. She sentenced defendants to just sentences and she called it as she saw it. That her opponent is running offensive negative commercials cheery-picking some decisions to attack her is both troubling and a direct assault against an independent judiciary.
After leaving the bench, Judge Barzee-Flores went into civil practice where once again, her litigation skills and talent were obvious and undeniable. A well deserved nomination to the federal bench followed, but the republicans played politics with all of President Obama's nominations in his last two years and they ran out the clock on her nomination through blatant political stalling tactics.
Now, Rumpole says, is time to show the Republicans that they should be careful what they ask for, because they may get it. Having kept Mary Barzee-Flores off the federal bench, she is now back running for Congress.
Here is the kind of congresswoman we believe Mary Barzee-Flores will be:
She will not vote to deprive Americans of health care. She will keep Obama Care, which all of the sudden Republican candidates who voted against it numerous times- like her opponent- now support because they know Americans with pre-existing conditions want to be protected.
She will not look at the rising oceans and see the regular flooding of Miami Beach and other cities on Florida's coast and throw up her hands and say "you can't prove why this is happening." Mary Barzee-Flores understands and embraces that science now uniformly accepts that humans have caused global warming and she will work to put our country back on track as one of the leaders to save the planet.
Mary Barzee-Flores will not respond to another tragic shooting by pandering to the NRA. She has called it as she sees it- there are too many guns in our country which are easily accessible to mentally ill people who use them to shoot up schools and houses of worship.
Mary Barzee-Flores will not call the exodus of poor people in Central America fleeing gang violence "a caravan of thugs, gang members and middle easterners."
We could go on and on. But the simple fact is this- we need good, smart, hard working people like Mary Barzee-Flores who has dedicated most of her career to public service. She will respond to the problems we have with smart and common sense solutions.
This election could not be more important.
Our planet is in jeopardy. The response is not "drill baby drill."
Our society is hemorrhaging in violence. The response is not to arm teachers and priests and rabbis.
Health care costs are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy. The response is not to repeal landmark health care reform.
Poor women and children, hearing the call of the words on the Statute of Liberty are looking to the country President Reagan called a "shinning city on a hill." The response is not to send the military to shoot them dead at the border.
The beginning of the road back to sanity is to elect smart, strong and dedicated women like Mary Barzee-Flores. Vote now.
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