To the editor:
I recently attended the U.S. Congressional Candidate Forum in Cape Coral sponsored by GOOOH FL and a whole host of extremely conservative organizations like Lee 912, Lee County Patriots, Americans for Prosperity, and the like, and attracting a largely partisan crowd of supporters of those organizations.
It was no small surprise that the largest vote getter among the nine candidates present was the major sponsor's (GOOOH) candidate of choice, Byron Donalds, Republican from Collier County. What may have been a surprise, however, was the strong second place showing of the one lone Democrat on the panel, Jim Roach.
Roach's obvious studied command of the issues in question, without resorting to hyperbole or pandering to the crowd, seemed to win over many of those voters present. Certainly, the applause indicated as much. Maybe political party is not all that important to the voters, and that issues really matter. Roach obviously does his homework.
Of note: Rep. Mack's choice for his replacement, radio talk show host Trey Radel placed a distant forth. Maybe being loud and spouting the party line, in obvious contradiction to facts, won't win the election this time. We can only hope.
Fort Myers Beach