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 rose from modest roots to build one of the largest disaster-recovery firms in the country, AshBritt Environmental Inc. Now a multimillionaire, Perkins has funded most of his own campaign, making him less susceptible to special interests.

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

However, Perkins' temperament is anything but moderate — and we have reservations about it. Perkins was aggressive and unfocused 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. His answer: "Water."

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