A political analyst and former Texas gubernatorial candidate says the Republican victory in Tuesday night's special election in Florida is a great sign for the mid-term elections.
It was a race that the Republicans weren't supposed to win. But after months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in the hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.
Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a Florida special election to replace the late Congressman Bill Young.
"Clearly there's that wave of sentiment, opposition to ObamaCare, and the current administration's increasing dictatorial grab for executive power," says Tom Pauken. "And so it's very encouraging because the Democrats expected to win."
Pauken served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became chairman of the Republican Party in Texas. He thinks the Republican victory is a great sign for the mid-term Congressional elections.
"They had a popular, well-known candidate running in the race," Pauken says of the Democrat, Sink. "And for the Republicans to win is an important signal that we could have some real victories in November."
Jolly's support of pro-family causes demonstrated that social conservatives should not shirk from confronting those issues, says the Texan.
"I think any candidate who knows how to articulate it the right way, and is willing to stand up for those principles, these are winning positions," he argues.
Pauken also suggests there is a silent majority of Americans who are disgusted with social liberalism and the Hollywood culture, and admire anyone willing to stand up for traditional values
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