Buchanan suprises some with votes by Mitch E. Perry

01/16/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Buchanan votes with Democrats again The controversy over the election for Congress in Florida’s 13th District has died down somewhat, but Democrat Christine Jennings is still contesting the results in her race against Republican Vern Buchanan. Buchanan was certified the winner by just 369 votes last month, though Jennings, and her supporters , claim there were voting irregularities which led to over 18,000 so called undervotes in Sarasota. Buchanan’s close victory follows his victory in the GOP Primary, where he edged out State Representative Nancy Detert by approximately 7 percentage points, despite the fact that he outspent her by millions of dollars. As the Democrats continue to pass legislation for their 1st 100 hours, they have been joined by Republicans on a number of issues. Vern Buchanan has joined them on 3 of their issues…For raising the minimum wage, for  requiring  the federal government to negotiate with drug companies for lower priced drugs for Medicare beneficiaries, and for implementing some of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission regarding homeland security. Sally Tibbetts  is press spokesperson for Vern Buchanan (roll tape#1 O.q.” keep jobs here in Florida’) Although Buchanan was sworn in as a new member of Congress nearly 2 weeks ago, his local office in Sarasota is not yet equipped. A call to the local office on Orange Street today, as listed on the Congressman’s website, went like this(roll tape#2 o.q.”call again”)  Vern Buchanan’s press spokeswoman, Sally Tibbetts, says the Government’s tech support people have yet to equip the new local office (roll tape#3 o.q.” the equipment”) A constituent for Buchanan wrote to WMNF last week, saying he had tried to send an e-mail message to the Congressman – but said he couldn’t find an address.  Again, Spokeswoman Sally Tibbetts (roll tape#4 o.q.” needs for the constiuents’) Buchanan met with Orlando area Congressman John Mica today to discuss  security at the Sarasota International Airport.   

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