Declaring at an Upper Keys Republican Club that he was the candidate to take us "backwards", Morgan McPherson stiffly read from a prepared speech that often seemed foreign to him while frequently mispronouncing the text and often reading from it sentence by sentence.
There is little doubt that McPherson is sincere in his drive to take Florida backwards. His solution to the state's problems? Cut taxes, cut spending, remove state and federal regulations on business, and lower the corporate tax to the lowest level in the country. He thinks we are facing an abyss. He wants to "take scissors to Tallahassee" - the same scissors he states households have been using to trim their budgets.
Morgan wraps up his speech by going biblical, declaring "we need to take on that Philistine that sits in this seat", referring to Ron Saunders - the current state representative.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary:
Main Entry: Phi·lis·tine
Date: 14th century
1 : a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia
2 often not capitalized a : a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values b : one uninformed in a special area of knowledge
Hmmm. Ron Saunders was born in Key West. So definition #1 is out - he is not a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia.
So Morgan must be referring to definition #2: a : a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values b : one uninformed in a special area of knowledge.
Yet Saunders has consistently exhibited genuine concern for the Florida Keys above materialism, and supporting protecting the Florida Keys as a state area of critical concern, the arts community, and the diversity of Key West. He is especially informed about our issues and constantly fights on Key West's and the Florida Keys' behalf in Tallahassee.
Having been ousted by the electorate in the previous election, McPherson somehow feels its time to take losing to the next level.
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