To the editor:
Southwest Florida is a national treasure, and also a personal treasure to every voting adult who is smart enough, and lucky enough, to live here. As a fishing guide, then a novelist, I've enjoyed 40 years in the area, but I have also traveled to enough troubled, far-flung places to know the importance of solid, responsible and thoughtful leadership.
It is for this reason I urge voters from all parties to give serious consideration to a man who is among the smartest, most decent and responsible candidates Florida has ever produced: Chauncey Goss.
As a candidate, Chauncey is new to the national scene, but he is already an old hand when it comes to understanding the complexities of Washington D.C. As a former Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. House Budget Committee, working with Congressman Paul Ryan, Chauncey is well equipped to deal with one of this country's most pressing issues: the economy.
As former executive director of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association, he is more than qualified to deal with an issue dear to all of us: a responsible stewardship of our environment. It is a pleasure to join notables far more politically savvy than I -- Jeb Bush, Congressman Adam Putnam and others -- by assuring you this: Chauncey Goss will make a superb Congressman who will serve as both guardian and advocate for the remarkable treasure that is Southwest Florida.
Randy Wayne White