CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Dan Severson, the retired Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot, who is running for Florida’s 19th Congressional district, is teaming up with Serbs for Trump to combat communism and socialism.

Severson, who is supported by Florida’s Right to Life Political Action Committee, the Christian Family Coalition Florida, and received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), has pledged to support Serbs for Trump, which is a grassroots movement organized to galvanize over 1 million Serbian-Americans in the U.S. to support and re-elect President Donald J. Trump.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we are facing a major push from the Democrats towards communism,” said Severson. “Serbian Americans understand just how destructive communism can be and it’s absolutely wonderful to see them teaming up to prevent the radical left from instituting something so dangerous in our great country.”

As a result of his support of Serbian American community, Serbs for Trump has decided to make Severson an honorary Serb. An honorary Serb is a nominal recognition of non-Serbs, who are proud, patriotic, civic-minded, America-loving individuals who honor and stand with the president through these uncharted times, making sure that he gets re-elected for a second term.

“We are humbled by Dan’s endorsement and honored to join forces to fight the unprecedented dangers our great nation faces, threatening to destroy the very fabric of America we all proudly have built together,” said Dr. Olga Ravasi, co-founder of Serbs for Trump.

Serbs for Trump was founded by Ravasi and Mrs. Pamela Collins, in order to promote civic engagement in this crucial time for the country. The group is supporting President Trump because they believe the nation is facing an existential crisis, and that the U.S. needs President Trump’s strong leadership, confidence in tough decisions, and his support for law and order.

In addition to supporting Serbs for Trump, Severson is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Additionally, Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement, and Clint Lorance, the Army officer who was recently pardoned by President Donald J. Trump.

Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Estero, Marco Island and Naples.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Dan Severson, the retired Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot, who is running for Florida’s 19th Congressional district, has received an A rating and is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Florida’s Right to Life Political Action Committee, and the Christian Family Coalition Florida, the campaign announced Friday.

All three mentions of support and ratings were announced earlier this week.

The NRA gave Severson an “A” rating based on his previous legislative experience. Florida Right to Life Political Action Committee gave Severson a “Support- A Rating” and pledged to endorse the candidate following the primary election, should he win.

Also, the Christian Family Coalition Florida announced their support via their 2020 Collier County primary Election Voter Guide. Severson was one of the four candidates they chose to support out of the 11 running.

Severson is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Additionally, Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement, and Clint Lorance, the Army officer who was recently pardoned by President Donald J. Trump.

Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Estero, Marco Island and Naples.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Jim Leavens, the retired major who served 30 years as part of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and is running for Lee County Sheriff, received an endorsement Thursday from Dan Severson, the retired Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot, who is running for Florida’s 19th Congressional district.

The position of sheriff is the highest elected local official and according to Severson, it should be someone of unquestionable integrity who supports the Second Amendment and is committed to protecting and serving the community.

“We need an elected sheriff, not someone who is appointed and then running with the benefit of being in office,” said Severson. “Jim Leavens has the training and experience that is needed to do the job correctly, and he is a proven leader who has been formative in influencing the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.”

Leavens has more than 30 years of training, leadership, and practical experience of doing every aspect of this important job. Additionally, he is recognized by his fellow officers as a leader and a man of integrity and character.

“I proudly endorse Jim and will do what I can to support him,” Severson said. “It’s also important to note that Jim is the only pro-life candidate running in the race.”

Severson, is one of nine candidates running for Congress in District 19. He is a former Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot.

Severson is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race, and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement, and Clint Lorance, the Army officer who was recently pardoned by President Donald J. Trump. Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Estero, Marco Island and Naples.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Tuesday, Dan Severson received an endorsement from Clint Lorance, the former Army 1st Lieutenant, who was recently pardoned by President Trump after serving six years in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

“Today I am announcing my support for Dan Severson for congress and the reason why is because I know he has been a fighter his entire life. He’s a warrior and he’s the kind of warrior that we need right now in 2020 to send to Washington D.C. to fight for Florida District 19,” said Lorance, who recently moved to Florida following his pardon. “I have spent time talking with Dan and I have no doubt that he has the leadership qualities we need to help our country through these extremely troubling times.”

Lorance was originally sentenced to 19 years in prison for two counts of 2nd degree murder, after he ordered his men to open fire on three Afghan men who were approaching his platoon on motorcycles in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the Army Times, the specific area they were in was known to be a hotbed of Taliban insurgent activity and the platoon had come under fire the day before the incident.

It is important to note that Lorance never fired his weapon during the altercation and evidence was later found linking all three Afghan men to bomb-making networks, with their fingerprints found directly on bombs. Additionally, it is also a commonly known fact that the preferred method of transportation for Taliban military aged males is often motorcycles.

On Nov. 15, 2019, Lorance received a full pardon from President Trump after years of support from FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity. Additionally, Lorance’s story was featured in the documentary series Leavenworth on Starz, which focused on the incident.

“I have no doubt that Clint was wrongly used as a political prop by the Obama administration at a time when they desperately needed someone to take the fall for mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan,” said Severson. “I am grateful that President Trump pardoned Clint and I thank Clint for his endorsement. When I am elected, I will work to put laws into effect that protect our men and women in uniform from the sort of unfair treatment Clint was subjected to. The bottom line is that our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen deserve to rest assured that if they feel threatened, they have every right to defend themselves. Furthermore, that right extends to all Americans.”

Severson, who is one of nine candidates running for the District 19 seat, is a former Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot. He is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race, and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.

In addition to being endorsed by Lorance, Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, and by Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Thursday, another allegation came to light about a candidate running in the crowded race for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

News outlets began reporting that Iraqi-born Kousay “Casey” Askar has lied about having a degree from Harvard Business School. According to Florida law, misrepresentation of education is a crime in Florida.

The report in the Naples Daily News, said state attorney Amira Fox has requested Governor Ron Desantis to appoint another office to investigate the matter because of her involvement with Dane Eagle. Just last month, in a separate issue, a federal elections complaint was filed alleging Askar of violating campaign finance laws.

“As part my team’s due diligence to find out who is running to represent our fellow neighbors, we reached out to Harvard in an attempt to validate Askar’s claim of graduating. Instead of getting a verification, we received a notice saying they were ‘unable to verify a degree’ for this individual,” said Dan Severson, a retired U.S. Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot who is also running for Congress in the race. “It’s troubling that much of the media has refused to properly look into those who are running.”

In addition to the latest allegation against Askar, according to public records searches, Askar also has a history of allegations of domestic violence between him and his ex-wife and a plethora of ongoing litigation including lawsuits filed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida against him.

“This doesn’t sound like the type of person or character we need representing Southwest Florida,” said Severson.

Askar isn’t the only candidate with a troubled record. According to public records searches, Byron Donalds has a history of drug charges, including a felony drug charge.

William “Dr. Fig” Figlesthaler was just caught lying about one of his senior campaign staffers who was recently arrested for contempt of court.

Additionally, Dane Eagle had a very public DUI arrest while serving as a state representative, and yet the Tallahassee Police Department has refused to cooperate with our investigator’s requests for public records related to Eagle.

“No wonder Congress is so screwed up. Historically speaking, it appears that all of these individuals have serious judgment issues or a hard time following the law, yet they want to represent Southwest Florida,” Severson said. “I challenge the media to do their job, investigate the candidates, look up my background and ask me anything. You will not find anything on me other than qualifications. I am a retired Navy commander, and have endeavored to live a life worthy of my Lord, my family and my country.”

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Former Republican Minnesota Governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has endorsed retired Navy Cmdr. Dan Severson, who is running to represent Florida’s 19th Congressional district.

“Dan’s confirmed record of strong action, accomplishment and dedicated public service should give us all confidence about how he will serve and lead as a member of Congress,” Pawlenty said. “It is not often we have a chance to elect someone like Dan Severson to Congress. Please make the most of this opportunity and vote for Dan in the upcoming Republican primary on August 18th.”

Severson, who was a Top Gun fighter pilot in the Navy, served under Pawlenty as the minority whip in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2003-2011.

While serving as a state representative, Severson was known for fighting for strong family values, lower taxes, smaller government, pro-life issues, veteran benefits and judicial accountability.

In 2015, Severson relocated to Cape Coral, where he and his wife Cathy Jo live are active members at Life Church in Ft. Myers. During his service in the Navy, Severson also called Florida home, and he has been a Florida resident for more than 26 years.

Severson is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running, and also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.

Pawlenty served as governor of Minnesota from 2003-2011 and later ran for president in 2011. Pawlenty was later vetted to be Romney’s vice presidential running mate, before Romney ultimately decided on Paul Ryan.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A retired Navy Top Gun fighter pilot who is running for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 19th Congressional District issued a stark warning Tuesday following the Monday announcement by the FBI and DOJ related to the terrorism incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola in December.

“While the threat of COVID-19 may be real for some, we need to ensure we don’t let our guard down when it comes to Islamic terrorism,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Dan Severson, a Congressional candidate running for Florida’s 19th Congressional district, which covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.

On Monday, the FBI and DOJ announced they discovered evidence the shooter named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was linked to al-Qaida, which they found by hacking Alshamrani’s i-Phones, reportedly because Apple refused to cooperate with the investigation.

“Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” Attorney General William Barr said at the announcement.

During the terror attack, Alshamrani killed three Navy sailors and injured eight others.

“When I am elected, I will work with fellow Republicans and our colleagues across the aisle to push for legislation that will require tougher scrutiny of foreign nationals training on U.S. military installations, particularly those coming from countries with known ties to Islamic terrorism,” Severson said.

Severson, a vocal Trump supporter who retired as a commander from the Navy, has been a Florida resident for more than 26 years and previously served as a state legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

“The threat of Islamic extremism is very real, and to think that one of my opponents actually gave the key to the city of Fort Myers to Ilhan Omar, who is a known anti-Semite and supporter of Islamic extremists, is disturbing,” said Severson. “We can and will do much better.”

While serving as a state representative, Severson was known for fighting for strong family values, lower taxes, smaller government, pro-life issues, veteran benefits and judicial accountability.

Severson and his wife Cathy Jo live in Cape Coral and are active members at Life Church in Ft. Myers. He is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment and also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

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Dan Severson running for Congress

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A crowded list of candidates is now running for Congressman Francis Rooney’s seat.

Seven Republicans are battling it out in next year’s primary.

Former Minnesota State Representative Dan Severson, who now lives in Cape Coral, is running.

Severson is taking aim at political rival Dane Eagle, who was first to jump into the race, accusing him of violating the second amendment when he voted in favor of raising the age to buy a gun to 21 years old.

Severson claims that act alone disqualifies Eagle to run on the GOP ticket despite the fact most republican leaders are backing him.

 

“To me, Dane is a flawed candidate. I think he has some major issues.  Not the least of which is his Parkland Shooting Bill,” Severson said.

The vote came after a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 kids at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.  Following the massacre anger from Parkland students and survivors and their families intensified on what many called the inaction on the Republican-controlled legislature to do anything to curb gun violence.

Eagle and other republicans voted to raise the age to buy a gun to 21 and the bill was signed into law by former Governor Rick Scott. An idea embraced by President Donald Trump until he tweeted there was not much public support for it.

 

“Dane is one of the instigators in this undermining our constitution on the second amendment issues,” Severson said.

When asked about the fact that more voters want some form of gun control Severson said he doesn’t believe that calling it rhetoric.

“As I have been going around this district and talking to people about this issue when I tell them about the Parkland bill was passed the first thing they do is look down in shame,” he said.

Continuing that is why he is running for the seat.

“They’ve been sorely let down by previous congressmen here,” Severson said.

When asked if he was referring specifically to Congressman Rooney who let voters down he said yes.

“He would have been better serviced if he had listened to the people of his district,” Severson said.

He was referring in part to Rooney’s decision not to rule out impeaching the president.

“I think it’s a sham. I think it’s a huge misdeed to the people of this country,” he said regarding the impeachment efforts.

Severson like all of the GOP candidates running for the office promised to support Trump if he’s elected.

“I think president trump has been an icon for the Republican Party,” He said.

When asked if there is anything the president could do that he wouldn’t agree with Severson said infringe on the constitution.

“The only thing I could not stand with the president on is if he infringed on the constitution,” He said.

Candidate Ford O’Connell told NBC2 Wednesday that he predicted the GOP race would be an “epic dog fight” and Severson agreed that is likely.

“I’m prepared. I’ve been through it. Twenty-two years as a Navy Top Gun Fighter Pilot, I’ve been in the dog fights,” he said.

The last time Severson ran for office He lost the Minnesota Secretary of State race by just one percent to a Democrat.

Severson is one of seven people vying for Rooney’s seat.

There are two Democrats in the race.

 

Source: https://www.nbc-2.com/

 

Republican Daniel Severson

Republican Daniel Severson

The last time Republican Daniel Severson ran for office, he lost the Minnesota Secretary of State race by 1 percent to Democrat Steve Simon. But he managed to get more votes than the GOP’s Senate Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson or U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden.

Now, he’s ready to run in an area much more friendly to the Grand Old Party. Having retired to Cape Coral, the former Minnesota state lawmaker plans to run for Congress in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

“We came here to retire,” he said, “but it made it very easy coming to a conservative area.”

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney announced last month he would not seek a third term. But Severson says frankly he was ready to run anyway. Discouraged by Rooney championing a carbon tax, he felt Rooney wasn’t passionate or conservative enough and deserved a primary challenge.

Severson speaks about climate change in a tone more familiar to the dialogue of Western states than Florida. Asked about climate change and global warming, he brings up Dennis Avery’s book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years and said he feels the earth’s orbit and weather cycles on an epic scale play a greater role.

 

“When you start to take a look at the mega influences, which is really the solar activity that takes place, I believe the whole issue with the current carbon footprint, carbon dioxide, all of those things are made up,” he said.

But the candidate has a Captains For Clean Water sticker on his car, opposite a National Rifle Association ticker on the vehicle’s other side. He doesn’t discount environmental challenges, and said he’s concerned how water discharges from Lake Okeechobee threaten South Florida’s resources.

Severson appreciates Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push for a new reservoir and better water management, and he wants better filtration systems in place. He credits DeSantis’ relationship to President Donald Trump with advancing Everglades restoration

“The perfect solution would be to return all that to sawgrass,” he says of much of the land around Lake Okeechobee.

Severson says his strong faith drives his decisions in life and public service. A Republican who at one point made inroads appealing to conservative voters within minority communities, he sees a similar chance to do the same in Florida.

 

The race will be an expensive one, he knows, but he expects to tap sources locally and from the Midwest.

Campaign advisor Diana Watt believes with an open seat and a crowded field, money won’t be everything, While she figures the race could run $2 million to $3 million, “I’m a big proponent of running and winning with less.”

Severson is the third Republican candidate to open an FEC account to run for Rooney’s seat.

State Rep. Dane Eagle announced last week he would run for the seat and raised more than $100,000 in his first day and announced a round of endorsements Tuesday. Naples Dr. William Figlesthaler has also opened an account.

State Reps.  Byron Donalds, Heather Fitzenhagen and Bob Rommel are all considering a run, as is South Florida Water Management District chair Chauncey Goss.

But one thing Severson feels he has over local lawmakers is experience working in the minority. As Minority Whip in Minnesota, he knew the power of unifying Republicans to make a difference, particularly at the time a Democratic Legislature waged battle with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Severson imagines life in Washington could require the same skills, presuming Democrats keep the House and Trump wins reelection.

“None of these candidates have ever served in the minority,” he said.

 

Source: https://floridapolitics.com/

 

 

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