TCPALM: Editorial endorsement: U.S House, District 18

TCPALM: October 23, 2016. Written by Editorial Board.

On paper, Randy Perkins looks like a very appealing candidate. He roseĀ from modest roots to buildĀ one of the largestĀ disaster-recovery firms in the country, AshBritt Environmental Inc.Ā Now aĀ multimillionaire, PerkinsĀ has funded most of his own campaign, makingĀ him less susceptible to special interests.

And philosophically, Perkins is a moderate Democrat who has previously supported Republicans;Ā a potential benefit in this split congressional district.

However, Perkins' temperament is anything but moderateĀ ā€” andĀ we have reservations about it. PerkinsĀ was aggressive and unfocusedĀ during his interview with the Editorial Board of Treasure Coast Newspapers, often interrupting others and lurching from one line of attack to the next.

We could have tolerated his disposition if he had made compelling arguments in favor of District 18's most pressing issues. He didn't.

Rather, his Republican opponent, Brian Mast, hit the nail on the head when asked what the most critical issue facing this district is. HisĀ answer: "Water."

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