May 14, 2018
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev calls for Triumph Gulf Coast to distribute BP settlement funds directly to local governments; says Chair Don Gaetz should step down
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev said Triumph Gulf Coast should immediately distribute BP settlement funds directly to local governments; and Chair Don Gaetz should step down due to family conflict of interest concerns.
Dosev issued the following statement:
It's time for Triumph Gulf Coast to stop playing games with BP settlement funds, before the whole $1.5 billion disappears into Northwest Florida’s special interest swamp forever.
Triumph can start by distributing $15 million from the first $300 million installment to each of the 8 affected counties of the BP disaster, as Florida law stipulates.
The remaining $180 million should be proportionally distributed to counties, based on population. That is fair, that is equitable and that is what needs to happen immediately.
Furthermore, due to a serious conflict of interest, Triumph Board Chair Don Gaetz should step down; and Triumph must cease and desist efforts to give the money to private special interests.
Gaetz’s undue influence on elected officials in 4 of the 8 affected counties, because his son is a sitting congressman, presents a clear ethics issue.
Local officials can submit city and county project suggestions to Triumph, whose board then evaluates them for funding approval.
The power Gaetz holds over local officials through his family connection to Congress raises serious concerns about the entire project submittal and award process.
This situation must be corrected before cash intended for the Gulf Coast drains from the hands of the people, through the Panhandle Swamp, and into the waiting pockets of the politically connected.
Before signing over Northwest Florida's first $300 million in BP lawsuit money, state lawmakers passed legislation specifically designed to prevent private cronies from pilfering the coffers.
Despite that clear mandate, records show Triumph’s unelected board is still trying to justify grants to private interests.
Triumph records include a 16 page attorney’s letter detailing potential ways to evade the legislative ban on private interest grants.
Triumph must stop trying to get around We the People's clear directive against corporate welfare.
BP settlement funds are supposed to be spent on public economic development projects.
By law, 40 percent of the first $300 million must be divided between the eight affected counties. That is $15 million each to Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla counties.
Triumph says they'll pick "transformational" projects.
But the first three - a warehouse, a sewer line to nowhere, and school program funds - reveal an overly burdensome selection process for projects of arguable “transformational” value.
Had the first dollars gone directly to local governments, duly elected representatives would have been accountable for those spending decisions.
Instead, spending was diffused through Triumph’s unelected board and now, nobody is directly responsible.
If BP money does end up going to private interests, as Gaetz appears to have wanted from the start, we’ll have even less accountability.
Escambia County is especially disadvantaged in this. Despite suffering the brunt of the oil spill damage, nobody from Escambia sits on Triumph's board.
Escambia is desperately trying to pay our sheriff's deputies while rebuilding inner city infrastructure.
Eligible Triumph funds could greatly boost overstressed budgets. But Triumph's extra layer of bureaucracy creates a barrier to any real progress. Why? Who is it really designed to help?
Last year, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who was contemplating a run for Governor, said he was against lawsuit money going to corporate welfare.
Why, then, did Corcoran appoint Gaetz to Triumph's board? The initial version of Triumph, which Gaetz designed and pushed as Senate President, allowed private grants.
Did Corcoran give Don Gaetz board control to negate the new legislation that removed private grants?
Was Corcoran's noisy concern over private handouts just window dressing for a future gubernatorial run?
Corcoran said, at the recent Okaloosa Republican Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinner, that he couldn’t think of anybody he rather have in his foxhole than Matt Gaetz.
Does his cozy relationship with the Gaetz family extend to special interests waiting for a cut of the $1.5 billion that’s supposed to be helping all Northwest Floridians?
If past history is any gauge, the only "transformation" we can expect if Gaetz’s Triumph is allowed to hand out corporate welfare grants is watching our settlement cash being transformed into special interest payouts.
Florida's Constitution says no appropriation of State funds can be made without legislative approval. Yet, one person, President Don Gaetz, appears to wield inordinate power over settlement cash for a disaster the whole Gulf Coast of Florida suffered.
This is a clear conflict of interest, not to mention an unconstitutional evasion of legislative obligation.
Triumph’s precarious legal standing is ripe for challenge, jeopardizing the $1.5 billion set aside for Northwest Florida. All the unspent funds could revert to the State’s general fund if a determined legal challenge is brought against Triumph.
The BP disaster was a heavy blow to our community. Escambia and Santa Rosa residents suffered the greatest harm. We have waited patiently for 8 years for these funds to be released to assist in our recovery.
Board Chair Gaetz has no right to impede that effort by diverting our money to selected special interests.
May 11, 2018
Florida Republican District 1 Congressional candidate Cris Dosev receives Eagle Forum endorsement for the second time
Eagle Forum, a conservative public policy organization founded by national conservative legend Phyllis Schlafly, has endorsed Florida Republican District 1 Congressional candidate Cris Dosev for the second time.
Mrs. Schlafly was an early endorser of Donald Trump for president, and when she passed away in 2016 at the age of 92, then candidate Trump attended her funeral.
At the service, Trump called Mrs. Schlafly a conservative hero and said that "her legacy will live on every time some underdog, outmatched and outgunned, defies the odds and delivers a win for the people." Dosev says he hopes to continue that legacy.
Current Eagle Forum President, Eunie Smith, described Dosev as “a staunch defender of the Constitution and a pro-family leader."
To date, Dosev is the only candidate from the state of Florida to receive this endorsement. Other notable past recipients have been Congressman Jim Jordan and Congressman Mark Meadows.
On the endorsement, Dosev offered the following remarks:
I’m honored and humbled to have earned the Eagle Forum’s endorsement for the 2018 District 1 Congressional seat.
I’m especially proud the Eagle Forum has recognized my unwavering commitment to core conservative principles by endorsing this campaign for two consecutive elections.
Eagle Forum is the Gold Standard for conservative principles. Their endorsement is an expression of confidence that I’ll follow through on those principles, regardless of political winds.
That is something I take very seriously.
Like Eagle Forum members, I will stand up for traditional values, limited government, and Second Amendment rights. I will push for the fiscal responsibility and tax cuts that encourage American entrepreneurship and a healthy economy.
I’ll make sure America’s service members, active duty military and veterans, don’t get shortchanged.
I will oppose all encroachments on U.S. sovereignty and border security.
Most importantly, I will fight without compromise for the protection of human life.
I’m privileged to take up the standard for Eagle Forum values like individual freedom and private enterprise, because those are the values that have made Northwest Florida, and our nation, great.
District 1 constituents should demand nothing less.
The Gold Standard of conservative integrity, Eagle Forum has led the national pro-family movement since 1972. The Eagle Forum has championed the conservative causes of smaller government, lower taxes, and pro-family policies that respect parents, religious freedom, and communities over Washington bureaucrats.
Mrs. Schlafly, a national leader in conservative politics for more than 50 years, wrote some 20 books, including the best-selling 1964 conservative primer, “A Choice Not an Echo,” which remains in print today.
May 8, 2018
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev lauds President Trump for exiting Iran deal
Florida district one Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev is lauding President Trump for exiting the Iran nuclear deal.
Dosev issued the following statement:
President Trump made the right decision for America in getting out of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
History has shown time and time again that appeasing evil only encourages more evil.
Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism. The nuclear deal has not changed that fact one iota to date.
The prior administration's giveaway allowed Iran's totalitarian dictatorship to perfect nuclear technology over the coming decade. They were then free to do what they wanted with it in 2030.
This poorly thought out agreement exposed the entire civilized world to a potential World War scale disaster by people who have made their own apocalyptic religious views very clear.
President Trump made the right decision for the American people and the rest of the world.
April 19, 2017
Florida Republican District 1 Congressional candidate Cris Dosev commends OCREC Chairman Mark Franks for uninviting Roger Stone to Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
I commend Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Mark Franks for appropriately canceling Roger Stone’s contract to speak at the Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner. It was the necessary action to take not only because of Stone’s incredibly insulting remarks of the late Barbara Bush, but for his disgusting past behavior. Roger Stone is a despicable human being and unfit to address the patriotic constituents of Northwest Florida.
It is not easy to plan and direct a prestigious political event, such as the Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, and I commend Franks for taking this quick, decisive action.
I look forward to seeing the Okaloosa County REC members and the other devoted NWF citizens when I attend the dinner with my wife, Lisa, on May 12.
April 19, 2017
April 16, 2017
FL CD 1 Candidate Cris Dosev: Response to airstrikes on Syria
According to our Secretary of Defense, James Mattis and our President Donald Trump, based on our intelligence, the Assad regime of Syria targeted indiscriminately its civilian population with chemical weapons causing the death of at least 40 non-combatants to include women and children.
As heinous as this crime is, what makes it a fundamental cause for concern for the American public is that we currently have over 2,000 troops in the theater, and in that light, no violation of the use of chemical weapons can be left unchallenged and dismissed.
Here are the hard facts and the underlying difficulties that must be considered in determining the appropriate course of action in such a confused environment. Vladimir Putin is, for the foreseeable future, the leader of Russia. He is the Czar father of the Russian kleptocracy and will resort to all deception, subterfuge and double-dealing to maintain power. The Iranian regime is the world's number one sponsor of terrorism, and since October 23rd, 1983 with the tragic bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, has made every effort to target Americans and secure hegemony in the Middle East. Bashar Assad for the sake of his own life and the survival of his regime is their vassal. Turkey finds itself with its leader Erdogan, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the middle of a cauldron of ever-rising temperature. They are beset with a Russia, prepared for provocation to the north and Kurds to the east demanding territory and statehood. Throw into the mix Israel's concern for its national survival and constant threats for total annihilation by Iran and you have a better idea as to President Trump’s strategic challenges.
Yet in spite of their previously enthusiastic vocal support in the past for the president’s domestic actions, the talking heads have decided to jump ship and cry like babies when our president asserts his authority as Commander in Chief to secure the safety of our troops deployed in hostile zones overseas. Alex Jones of InfoWars led the train of opposition as the unhinged provocateur seriously exposing him to be part of the deepest “Deep State” actors of the disinformation bureau. Jones cites Roger Stone spinning the President’s action as a “Wag the Dog” cover for the investigation into his personal attorney Michael Cohen. Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, in their publicly stated opposition to the President, cannot distinguish that this was a limited joint strike by allies sending an important message of humanitarian outrage to Syria’s Assad over unlawful use of prohibited chemical weapons. Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Ms. Sara Carter, I believe, have the correct understanding of the specific situation. As horrible and barbaric as this most recent attack is, it could have been ignored by the international community had it not been for the fact that American troops are on the ground and in close enough proximity to warrant a response.
A “deliberately pre-determined mistake” on the part of a desperate and irresponsible, foreign, adversarial regime could push our nations into a situation that would have made global conflict unavoidable. Atrocities, as Laura Ingraham points out, occur daily throughout conflict areas in Africa and Asia but none the less those conflicts zones do not incorporate the concerns and interests of Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Western allies as Syria does at this present moment. The red line was crossed. The president acted decisively, and I commend him for sending a clear message to our adversaries that chemical weapons in theater will not be tolerated, and that the Assad regime and its enablers have fallen outside the norms of acceptable behavior amongst belligerent nations and should seriously fear the retribution of the civilized world.
March 28, 2017
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev well exceeds voter petition signature requirement for 2018 Primary ballot – will face Matt Gaetz
Florida District 1 Republican House candidate Cris Dosev has more than enough voter signatures to make the August Primary ballot, per the state Division of Elections. The requirement was 5,303, and the DoE reports Dosev has 6,021 verified signatures.
Dosev released the following statement:
I’m deeply honored by the confidence District 1 voters have expressed in this campaign.
With the help of my wife Lisa and the outstanding efforts of our great campaign volunteers, we started down this road by asking Northwest Floridians if they’d put an authentic, fiscally conservative, family values Republican on the ballot. Residents across the District responded with petition signatures, and I thank them and am humbled by their support.
It would have been a whole lot easier to write a check and buy a spot on the ballot. When this campaign started, Lisa and I agreed that any candidate asking to represent Northwest Florida in Washington owes it to Northwest Florida to do it right or not at all. We decided to leave it up to District 1 voters to decide who they wanted to see on the ballot.
In the process, getting out and asking for ballot signatures gave us the chance to meet people from all over District 1 and hear what they want from Congress, in person.
This is not a phone-in campaign or a television camera opportunity. This is a grassroots local effort, by local people, for local people. My goal was to shake hands with every voter in District 1, and I think we’ve made a great start.
As we move into full election season, Lisa and I, again, thank District 1 Florida for their support and look forward to meeting with as many Northwest Floridians as we can in the coming months. God Bless Northwest Florida, and God Bless the United States of America.
February 26, 2018
Another broken promise: Gaetz folds on gun rights - Florida Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev opposes Gaetz, Scott "creeping gun control;" supports teacher concealed carry
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev said opponent Matt Gaetz and Governor Rick Scott's calls for more firearm age restrictions infringe on the rights of Americans who have done nothing wrong.
Dosev advocates concealed carry permits for qualified teachers and administrators, as part of a comprehensive school security plan.
Authorities must also modernize campus safety technology, bolster community mental health resources, and support police efforts to investigate and process persons who pose a potential violent threat, he said.
Dosev released the following statement:
I strongly oppose Governor Scott’s move to increase age limit restrictions on firearm purchases, and urge the Governor to back the common sense policy of concealed carry permits for qualified teachers and administrators.
My opponent Matt Gaetz's support for more age restrictions, the latest attempt at creeping gun control, is just another promise broken to please his Washington establishment bosses.
As a result of one individual who, by all accounts, should have been detained when authorities had the chance to do so, we’re seeing an opportunistic push to take Second Amendment rights from people who have committed no crimes.
It's one more step in a long running establishment campaign to strip the Second Amendment of its teeth; and as usual, Matt Gaetz is taking orders from his Washington special interest donors instead of District 1 Florida.
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty, especially in the context of a Constitutional right?
Governor Scott needs to reevaluate what he's just pushed forward and recognize the problem was that government had the law on their side and failed to follow through.
They could have Baker Acted the shooter and stopped the attack before it started.
It was a cascading failure by authorities to do their jobs that ultimately caused this tragedy.
Sadly, the presence of a police officer at Parkland didn't make a difference.
That officer's failure to act underscores the lesson that we cannot rely on government alone to keep us safe. This is something America's founders understand implicitly. It's the very reason they included Second Amendment rights in our Constitution.
To keep our schools safe, we must maximize potential defense and deterrent elements by empowering school employees.
We must also reverse the Ferguson Effect, a layover from the Obama era, whereby police officers hesitate to use appropriate force for fear of provoking a politicized backlash.
Government must do a competent job of addressing warnings about mentally unstable individuals. If that includes detainment and commitment, standard procedures must be in place and ready to implement.
And as Governor Scott notes, we must modernize school security technology, with metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors, upgraded locks and other measures as necessary.
We can and we must achieve school security.
We can and we must achieve it without taking away the rights of honest Americans.
It's unjust to punish law abiding 18 to 21 year olds, who have the legal, adult responsibility to vote, for the actions of one individual. It's unjust to punish honest Americans for the incompetence of those entrusted to implement existing laws.
It's irresponsible to oppose empowering qualified, willing school personnel with the means to defend themselves and students.
I fully stand behind Second Amendment rights and will defend them against any attempts, including "creeping gun control" measures like a national registry, special ammo taxes, onerous permitting requirements, and now, unwarranted age restrictions, to infringe on them.
My opponent guaranteed that he would always defend our Second Amendment rights. When true conservative principles must be defended, he fails. Another campaign promise broken.
March 23, 2017
Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev: 2018 Appropriations Bill another irresponsible step towards fiscal disaster
Florida District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev released the following statement regarding today’s passage of the 2018 Federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill:
Congress has once again failed our President.
The $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Trump reluctantly signed today takes us one step closer to a looming fiscal disaster. How much longer must we stand by and watch our government strangle this nation’s economic viability and future with further debt?
The United States is $21 trillion in debt, as of last week. We are looking at permanent trillion dollar deficits by next year, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Our debt is on track to exceed the total size of our economy, the gross domestic product, inside of 10 years.
Yet Congress continues to spend our money on Washington establishment priorities at the expense of we-the-people: our cost of living, our quality of life, and our kids’ futures.
This path is unsustainable. Establishment Republicans are undermining the will of the people by selling out our nation's economic security. Republican Congressional leaders should have never put this bill into the President's hands. And they know it!
March 23, 2017
Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev urges President Trump to veto spending bill
District 1 Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev said the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved Friday by Congress benefits establishment special interests at the rest of the country's expense, and urged President Trump to veto it.
Dosev said he hopes the President will stick to campaign promises to put America's middle class first by curbing national debt and prioritizing working Americans.
"It's middle class Americans who are paying for all this," Dosev noted. "Why are we getting the short end of the stick again? Who does Congress think they work for"?
"Why are we continuing to subsidize sanctuary cities, while basic border security is underfunded and Americans are out of work?" he added.
"Our priority should be the border wall. We should be taking hard earned tax dollars away from sanctuary cities. Instead, we're throwing more money at them. Who does that benefit? It's certainly not working Americans."
Dosev called for a ban on all Planned Parenthood funding.
"Why are we feeding the families of illegal criminals while we subsidize the unconscionable actions Planned Parenthood is perpetrating against our own American children?" he remarked.
Dosev criticized the bill's spending hikes as irresponsible.
"Why are we continuing to pay for Obamacare insurance industry subsidies when middle class premiums are still skyrocketing?" he noted. Who benefits from that? Obviously, not taxpaying Americans trying to access our broken health care system."
"Debt is strangling this nation's economic viability," Dosev noted.
"Foreign interests are buying up American assets while we throw money at sanctuary cities housing illegal migrants. Many of those migrants are sent here by unfriendly countries to ease their own fiscal pressures, so they can buy up more of America. Who does that benefit? It's certainly not our struggling middle class."
Dosev urged President Trump to remember his campaign promises.
"Congress is giving away the farm to please special interest donors, and they're bankrupting the rest of us in the process," he said.
"That's not how you make America great again."
February 19, 2018
Big turnout for Dosev Congressional campaign launch; candidate tackles marijuana, jobs
District 1 Republican candidate Cris Dosev kicked off his 2018 campaign on Presidents Day, where over 100 gathered at Bayview Park for the event.
Dosev and his wife Lisa spent the day meeting with area voters and hearing their concerns.
Pensacola High School History teacher and football coach Todd Leonard, who filled the role of M.C., touched on the impact presidential character has had on the nation. George Washington, Leonard said, more than any other President, embodied the leadership ideal of warrior, servant and statesman.
“He could have been King but refused,” Leonard pointed out. “He was no Napoleon, intoxicated with his own greatness.”
Character, integrity and judgement, Leonard noted, matter as much today as they did during Washington’s tenure.
"Cris is...a man of principled positions,” he added, touching on Dosev’s qualifications. “Not blind party loyalty, willing to do what is truly best for his country, not what is best for party or self.”
Lisa Dosev described her husband as a regular guy, running on principle, who is prepared to do the necessary work, even when it’s inconvenient or uncomfortable.
"If there is anything I can say about Cris, it is that he is earnest and that he has courage....He leads by example and inspires others to have courage as well,” Mrs. Dosev said.
“I trust his judgment. And I know he will not be intimidated or baited or swayed by special interests. I know he has our best interests at heart.”
The former Marine combat aviator had to pause frequently for applause as he spoke about Iwo Jima Day, the importance of American courage and ingenuity, and his concerns on key issues.
“I believe in the American enterprise system,” he remarked.
“I believe in American ingenuity. I believe in the American ability to imagine, create and accomplish. It’s that ability that makes us the envy and at the same time, the inspiration of the world. It’s that ability that fosters the reasonable expectations from which American dreams are born.”
Dosev cautioned about runaway government power.
“I believe in clean air, clean water and clean beaches,” he said.
“I believe the federal government has its role but I also understand it must constantly be reminded of its limits and held accountable for its actions."
The candidate outlined key areas of focus going into election season: jobs, a strong military and curbing the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Dosev supports medical marijuana use, and opposes recreational marijuana legalization. He contends his opponent, Matt Gaetz is advocating for pot because his donors stand to make millions from the trade. Addiction problems, he said, are a growing threat to America’s social and economic foundation.
“He says it’s about helping kids,” Dosev noted. “Instead, here’s Matt acting as a drug pusher trying to get pot legalized in order to benefit from a donor windfall in his campaign coffers without any care or consideration for the children he will harm.”
Several attendees were veterans, who said they turned out to support Dosev because they believe he will best represent the area as a whole.
“If we can't get a veteran represent in office in this district that has the most veterans in the country, then where,” one participant observed.
Dosev said he’ll focus on meeting constituents through the election season.
"My goal is to meet and listen to every voter in Florida District 1,” he remarked.
February 2, 2018
Florida congressional candidate Cris Dosev calls Intelligence Committee memo release a win for accountability
Florida Republican District 1 Congressional candidate Cris Dosev hailed today’s release of a controversial U.S. House Intelligence Committee memo as a win for government accountability.
“Any question of internal governmental misconduct is a serious issue demanding professional, thorough investigation,” Dosev remarked. “The last thing this nation needs is a politicized Justice Department. The stakes are too high. Releasing this information sends a message that the American people will not allow corruption to be swept under establishment Washington’s bureaucratic rug.”
Dosev noted that any hint of partisan corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement affects America’s interests overseas.
“This kind of thing potentially puts the nation at risk by making our government look divided and self- serving to foreign enemies,” he said.
“Our nation's national security is not a game. It's not a pawn to be peddled for political gain. Responsible public servants who prioritize the greater good above their own understand this.”
Dosev thanked House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes for chasing down the facts despite pushback from Washington’s political establishment.
“In a time of uncertain international dangers, the last thing America needs are political grifters selling out FBI readiness and our nation's status as a beacon of global stability for political gain,” Dosev said.
February 1, 2018
Republican District One Congressional Candidate Cris Dosev: Gaetz “friends in low places” sink to new depths with Holocaust-denier State of the Union guest
At Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Trump took the time to recognize a number of White House special guests who were invited because their heroism is an inspiration to the nation.
That's why I was stunned to learn that current District 1 Congressman Matt Gaetz chose to bring self-acknowledged white supremacist and off-and-on Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson to the same event.
What an atrocious travesty to let Mr. Johnson sit in the same audience as the African American parents of two teenaged girls who were murdered by MS-13 gang members tied to illegal immigration.
What kind of personal judgement does Mr. Gaetz’s choice of companion demonstrate? What does it say about our Congressman’s respect for the rest of the President’s guests, not to mention his own constituents?
Attending the SOTU event is a privilege. That a sitting Congressman couldn’t be bothered to find somebody more appropriate at the last minute speaks volumes about Mr. Gaetz’s attitude toward the responsibilities of the office he’s chosen to fill.
What kind of operation is he running on our dime?
Were there no student achievers available from Washington area schools? Did Mr. Gaetz’s staffers think to call any local principals? Visitors from West Florida? What about a local servicemember? A teacher? A Capitol Hill squirrel?
Gaetz’s excuse? He didn’t know anything about Johnson until after the fact, he says.
“I then found out he was quite famous for his activity online,” Gaetz laughed. “I didn’t know much about him,” our star Congressman told Politico.com.
Is that the decisionmaking process of a responsible public official? Is that somebody we can trust with the future of our middle class, our military, our national infrastructure and our foreign policy?
Mr. Gaetz has managed once again to embarrass Florida District One while accomplishing little else except getting his name in the press.
The dubious nature of that attention doesn't seem to be bothering him. Mr. Gaetz in fact appears to be taking the show business attitude that “there's no such thing as bad publicity.”
Unfortunately for West Florida, elected office is not show business. Nor is it a college frat house. Character matters. And a man is known by the company he keeps.
Somebody who works for a living should tell Mr. Gaetz. We Can Do Better.
Published in Florida Politics on January 31, 2018
Florida District One Republican House candidate Cris Dosev applauds President’s State of the Union address
Florida District One Republican House candidate Cris Dosev applauded President Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address, and released the following statement:
President Trump threw down the gauntlet in tonight’s State of the Union address, challenging Washington’s establishment to put aside their differences for the good of the nation.
The President reinforced the key, basic truth that it’s our people who make us great; and that the future of our country depends on a government that works for We the People.
I proudly join President Trump in urging governmental leaders to come together to support our middle class, our military, our national infrastructure and our world leadership role.
Tonight, as the President spoke of real hope and progress, he reminded all of us that the American dream is alive and well, and the inalienable right of each and every citizen of this great country.
I applaud the President’s inspiring outreach to all Americans, regardless of political leaning or background. I join him in reiterating that America’s strength as a nation rests in our focus on faith, values and family; and in his call for unity going forward to build on those assets.
It’s time to set political grandstanding aside and put America's first. It’s time, as the President noted, to get the job done.
It’s time to restore our nation’s focus to where it belongs: on We the People. I hope, for the sake of all of our families’ futures, that Washington’s political establishment agrees.
Published in Panhandle Politico on January 27, 2018
Gaetz beach bill flub hurts homeowners, beaches and military
While current District 1 congressman Matt Gaetz is busy maximizing his Washington DC TV camera time, Pensacola Beach homeowners are scrambling to put financial documents in order before tax season.
They might have less to worry about, if Mr. Gaetz had properly handled the process to convert beach lease properties to title.
Instead, Gaetz managed to alienate Senate support for the measure by peddling a Navarre Pass provision the military has, for years, made clear would interfere with operations in the Gulf.
Gaetz further eroded local support for the bill by sneakily omitting public access protection for Santa Rosa beaches, then insinuating that the bill would preserve those areas.
Unfortunately for beach homeowners, Florida's U.S. Senate representatives AND local residents know how to read, and managed to identify Mr. Gaetz's subterfuge despite little to no mention in the local press.
Now, beach homeowners continue to face confusing tax requirements and a wasteful lawsuit process for the foreseeable future.
On top of that, local residents still lack assurances that public access to our beloved, irreplaceable beaches will remain permanently open. Instead, we continue to face the possibility future title efforts will allow beaches to be roped off.
Resolving this longstanding issue was the most pressing local problem Mr. Gaetz was responsible for.
Instead, he flubbed it by grandstanding about pie in the sky add ons that run counter to our key area military mission; and by turning local residents against beach owner rights by threatening longstanding public access.
If Mr. Gaetz had spent a fraction of his Washington political TV appearance time asking local voters what we want for our beaches, the lease question might finally have been settled this year.
Instead, it remains in limbo; while a seemingly unconcerned Mr. Gaetz is busy adjusting his lighting and perfecting his Washington DC pandering skills.
West Florida deserves better. Our citizens deserve better, our beaches deserve better, and our military neighbors deserve better.
Published by The Pulse on January 12, 2018
Anti-trafficking law will cut bureaucracy and help fight domestic terror; Florida District One’s sole vote against it was an embarrassment
(Pensacola, FL) As the parent of eight, I want to thank President Trump, 418 members of the House and the entire Senate for recognizing the fundamental threat human trafficking poses to our nation.
By encouraging government bureaucracies and industry to coordinate resources within the Department of Transportation, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act will help streamline efforts to end the scourge of human exploitation.
And that will improve our ability to find and eradicate terrorists, who rely on our transportation network to move people, drugs and weapons on our own soil.
Partisan acrimony and special interests tend to go hand in hand with bureaucratic government inefficiency.
But for this critical measure, those groups came together in a bipartisan way to cut red tape in support of our national interest.
Except for one lone vote, embarrassingly, from Florida's First District U.S. House member. Representative Matt Gaetz voted no. For philosophical reasons, he said.
The military has been developing strategies to work with outside “stovepipe” agencies for some time. Cooperation between different bureaucratic systems was a lesson Desert Storm and Desert Shield taught on the ground, in real time.
There, in a foreign desert environment, Airmen and Marines, Soldiers & Sailors came together to complete the mission, defeat the enemy, preserve lives and materiel, and be prepared to fight another day. My squadronmates courageously flew missions in the vanguard of our attack because they trusted our “purple” compatriots supporting us from other branches of the military, implicitly.
We didn’t have time to discuss the fine points of inter-service government theory; we learned how to work with other branches as the situation on the ground demanded, and we got things done. I am proud of each and every one of the military men and women I served with. They knew what it takes to defend our country, risking both life and limb in the process, and they did it without grumbling over interservice academic minutiae.
If we can translate that ethos to civilian government and industry, we can accomplish anything. We can vanquish any enemy.
The preservation of our great nation requires constant vigilance against those who would do us harm. It has always demanded it of the military; but in the age of domestic terror, it also demands it from government and civilian organizations on the ground, in real time.
I will always wonder, if our government had had better information flow in place, if we could have avoided 9/11.
The primary mission of the Federal government is to protect its citizens; with corollary goals of safeguarding property and our unalienable God-given rights.
Our elected representatives to that government have one job. To create legislation that promotes the best interests of our nation.
On Fox News’ Tucker Carlson show, District One’s current Congressman recently stated: "Take for example the Hezbollah story you just mentioned. It's not just cocaine that's being trafficked. You have got Hezbollah working in common cause with narco-traffickers in South America to move opium, to move heroin, to move people into the United States."
And yet, knowing that, our Congressman voted against a measure designed to cut bureaucratic snarl and help our odds of beating those very same threats.
On 9/11, terrorists attacked pillars of our American values. They brought down the Twin Towers, representing our economic vitality; the Pentagon, representing our military might; and targeted Congress, representing our democratic constitutional form of government.
They hate our position in the world as a beacon of hope and inspiration precisely because we have demonstrated that we can work together for a common good.
But we need leaders with the conviction to place the national good above their own personal ambitions and ego. A nation that hopes to promote integrity in the rest of the world demands leaders with integrity.
Thankfully, almost all of ours understand that.
January 5, 2018
Florida Republican Congressional candidate Cris Dosev opposes Gulf drilling
Cris Dosev, Republican candidate for Florida's District 1 U.S. House seat, is lauding Governor Rick Scott's opposition to drilling off Florida's coast.
"Florida's Gulf Coast is a national treasure akin to Yellowstone and Yosemite," Dosev remarked.
"There are no beaches like ours anywhere else, and we've learned the hard way about the potential damages posed by offshore drilling.
"I stand behind American energy independence 1000 percent, but let's focus on areas best suited for exploration,” he said. “There are abundant sources of fuel in other areas of the country that won't be impacted by the risk factors drilling has introduced to Florida's communities and businesses."
Dosev predicts increased activity in the Gulf would undermine the military mission.
"Oil rigs near the coast will impact military operations across the board; from training to security to larger readiness issues," he noted. "Now's not the time to create more logistical problems for America's fighting forces."
Dosev urges President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke reconsider the proposed policy to expand offshore drilling in Florida and recognize that it is not in the best interest of the people of Florida or our nation.
December 27, 2017
Candidate Cris Dosev condemns Congressman Matt Gaetz' 'no' vote on anti-trafficking coordination
Conservative Republican District 1 congressional candidate Cris Dosev strongly condemned Representative Matt Gaetz’ December 19 vote against a measure to combat human trafficking through government-industry coordination.
"That Matt Gaetz could vote against a law to fight human trafficking and sex slave trade is beyond comprehension," Dosev remarked. “What was he thinking?”
The “Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act,” S 1536, passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. In the House, it passed 418-1, with only Matt Gaetz voting ‘no.’ Responding to a question about his ‘no’ vote on the bill, Matt Gaetz said on Twitter that he votes “against all bills that create new federal boards/commissions/agencies.”
But Cris Dosev counters that this particular bill creates an unpaid advisory committee within the existing Department of Transportation. “It brings law enforcement, antitrafficking groups and transportation people together to compare notes and pool information and resources. This is something military and business organizations do every day, to improve critical outcomes. It’s basic management 101. Who votes against that?”
Cris Dosev pointed out that Florida alone saw more than 550 cases of human trafficking this year, many of which moved through District One’s Interstate 10 corridor. "It’s the latest in a growing list of strange votes by Matt Gaetz, who appears to be more focused on television appearances than advancing legislation that benefits this District and this country,” Dosev observed.
Cris Dosev, the father of five daughters, said he finds it hard to understand how such a public advocate for rescue animals doesn’t seem to fundamentally understand his duty to protect humans first.
“Near unanimous bipartisan support on this should be a clear indication that the American people will not tolerate human trafficking,” Dosev said. “Congressman Matt Gaetz is tone deaf and sorely out of touch with this District and this nation, not to mention basic operational readiness process and procedure.” Dosev adds, “Adults should not quibble over serious matters.”