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/

 

 

Michael Johns , the  National Tea Party Movement co-founder and leader , former White House speechwriter and Heritage policy analyst, has officially endorsed Dan Severson for Congress .

Michael Johns Officially Endorses Dan Severson for U.S. Congress
“Floridas 19th Congressional District is now open with its incumbent retiring. President Trump won the district in ’16 with 59.6% of the vote. In a now crowded GOP primary, I believe Dan Severson for Congress is far and away the best to support President Trump and this district.” –  Michael Johns
I’m honored that my campaign has been awarded the support of the leader of the largest Tea Party movement in the country. I am the candidate to help President Trump and will be the wingman that he needs. I served twenty-two years in the Navy and was a Top Gun Fighter Pilot. I also served eight years in the Minnesota State House, where I co-sponsored and secured the votes needed to pass a conceal carry bill in the state. Help keep the momentum moving in the right direction by investing in my mission. Visit  www.seversonforcongress  or click the link below to learn more about our campaign.


I look forward to fighting for the issues that are important to you when I get to Washington.
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Florida’s 19th Congressional District Candidate


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