The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

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“This is the memoir of a private citizen who runs for Congress as an idealistic conservative. She confronts an overwhelming tide of indifference to the Constitution and disrespect for compromise as an essential and honorable element of democracy. It’s a cry from the heart to responsible voters of all political persuasions.”—Martin Dyckman, author of Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics

“Puts the reader in the shoes of the candidate—experiencing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”—Robert W. ...

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Overview

“This is the memoir of a private citizen who runs for Congress as an idealistic conservative. She confronts an overwhelming tide of indifference to the Constitution and disrespect for compromise as an essential and honorable element of democracy. It’s a cry from the heart to responsible voters of all political persuasions.”—Martin Dyckman, author of Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics

“Puts the reader in the shoes of the candidate—experiencing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”—Robert W. McKnight, former Florida state senator and representative

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In 2010, Olschner, a trial lawyer, decided to parlay her years of courtroom experience into Florida panhandle politics, and this honest, fast-paced memoir relates the challenges of being a moderate Republican swimming against the tide of the emergent Tea Party. Lacking any political experience, Olschner heads to Washington, D.C., for a policy crash course at the Heritage Foundation. With a war chest of ,000 and the economy as her platform's centerpiece, she takes on four male opponents in Florida's District 2 congressional primary. Much to her consternation, jingoism replaces debate on the campaign trail. She bristles at the Tea Party slogan "Take our country back" in light of the fact that a Republican held the White House until 2008. Rather than addressing national issues, she finds herself in a contest for most patriotic candidate. Unable to make promises she can't keep, she tanks at a Woman's Club debate where tweets from the audience label her a "RINO" (Republican in Name Only) and faces veiled threats from a young man after refusing to pander at a small town rally. If readers of any political persuasion have doubts that politics is a dirty game, this courageous woman's diary will dispel them. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813044538
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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