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Bydlak 2018? 2020?

April 19, 2017

Rebekah Bydlak garnered 7.8 percent of the vote in the hotly contested August 2016 GOP primary to replace Congressman Jeff Miller. Coming in fourth in the seven-person race hasn’t driven her away from politics.

Bydlak is the executive director of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, which releasely launched the website SpendingTracker.org to track federal spending in real time.

“You can go in and enter your zip code or find a member of Congress by selecting their name, and you can see how much total spending each member has voted for,” she explained to Inweely.

While she said that she thinks Rep. Matt Gaetz, Bydlak did not rule out running again for political office.

“Once you get involved, and you see how much there is to be done, you find it hard to pull yourself away,” said Bydlak. “Who knows what the future holds, but I’m certainly not writing anything off.”

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  • Bill M April 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Good comments CJ,
    Bydlak leans towards the “Libertarian” positions of less government intrusion and conservative government spending.
    Anyone calling her “Liberal” has not read what she has been saying. I hope she runs again and wins.

  • CJ Lewis April 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I was invited to a campaign event at someone’s home to hear Rebecca Bydlak speak. When I asked her on which committee she most wanted to serve, she said – “Budget.” I was surprised at her in-depth knowledge of the congressional budgetary process. When I served in the Pentagon, I would have triple-checked my budget numbers if I had to face her in a congressional staff meeting as she seems well-versed in the usual budget tricks. Hearing her speak, and I think she was also the most articulate of all of the candidates, the one word that never came to mind was “Liberal.” She seemed to place a great emphasis on transparency, something rare in Escambia County. Speaking of Escambia County, the other thing that struck me when she spoke was her deep love of community. I think she said she was from McDavid up in “North County.” The impression I got was that she wants to ensure that when the government takes our money, they spend it smart. I think we all want that. I hope she runs again..

  • Dale Parker April 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Last November, I thought we were clear about how we felt about Liberals here in the Panhandle. They seems to whine, cry, blow lots of money, scream, fight, burn things and so on….

    Don’t waste your time or money honey!!!