Vern Buchanan demands postal service get funded

Vern Buchanan
Sarasota Republican said it's critically important mail run on time.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan says nothing can stop the U.S. mail this year.

In a statement repudiating President Donald Trump’s alleged meddling with mail-in voting, the Sarasota Republican said postal service is critical this fall. He stressed it’s not just absentee ballots that could be delayed.

“It’s critically important that the U.S. Postal Service has the resources it needs to deliver the mail on time,” Buchanan tweeted. “Seniors, families and medical facilities depend on mail delivery for medicine and other vital services. We also need to know that absentee ballots for upcoming elections will be sent and delivered on time. Funding should not be withheld from the Postal Service.”

While support for mail getting delivered on time may otherwise seem a noncontroversial stance to take, Buchanan’s comment came a day after Trump confirmed he was blocking funding for the Postal Service specifically because he was concerned about mail-in voting.

He said he would block funding House Democrats want for the postal service.

“The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting,” Trump told Fox Business. “If we don’t make the deal, that means they can’t have the money, that means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. It just can’t happen.”

Trump for weeks has called into question the security of mail-in voting, even as he and First Lady Melania Trump requested a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida to participate in the state primary on Tuesday. Trump notably has said Florida is an exception to his concerns.

Notably, Buchanan expects a serious challenge in November from Democrat Margaret Good, who was recruited to run in Florida’s 16th Congressional District by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. So he. too has a vested interest in a secure election.

Since Trump began disparaging mail-in voting, the number of Republicans statewide who intend to vote by mail has declined.

A July St. Pete Polls survey commissioned by the AARP and Florida Politics found only 34% of Republicans plan to vote through the mail, compared to 62% of Democrats and 55% of independents.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Kathy L Jones

    August 14, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Dear Mr. Buchanan, When did we ever have universal mail in voting? What measures have been taken to assure the postal service has the voters back and can handle the job? Why was this not done sooner? Why is this being crammed in at the last minute before such an important election? Do you not support the man we have put into office? I don’t see good reasons for you to go along and be swayed by the liberal gang? I know for a fact you do not support the President, our President. Thank you, but no thanks, you had my last vote. Kathy Jones

    • PeterH

      August 15, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Trump managed to bring back the 1918 Pandemic, the 1929 Depression and the 1968 Race Riots ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

      Can we please all agree that this experiment of having a dumb TV host and corrupt real estate developer with six bankruptcies, five kids from three different marriages, eleven charges of sexual assault, and over 4000 lawsuits as president is not going well at all?

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    August 15, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Atta boy, Vern. Jump on a bandwagon. Like supporting apple pie. I am one of your constituents, an old white man, and I’m voting Dem, as always.

  • PeterH

    August 15, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Every time Trump opens his mouth and stupid comes out …… 100,000 undecided voters select Biden – Harris as the team to lead our great country. Keep it up Trump! Can’t wait to see what you say or Tweet today!

    • MAGA GoTrump

      August 23, 2020 at 8:11 am

      PeterH, You are such an IDIOT!!!

      • PeterH

        August 23, 2020 at 8:57 am

        The miserable lying birther fraud’s own older sister has confirmed for Americans what we already knew by 3.5 years of administration incompetence, dismal leadership and a record $7 trillion added to the national debt. In her own recorded words she called her brother a ‘liar with no principles’ and that she personally drove Donald around New York trying to get him into college with an SAT exam that Donald paid Shapiro to take. Donald Trump is a complete scumbag narcissistic moron and I’ll believe his Federal Judge older sister before I’ll believe a insipid ignorant bully calling me an idiot.

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