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Paul Renneisen was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 22nd Congressional District (map) of Florida. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.). He lost in primary elections which took place on August 26, 2008.  
Positions, record and controversies
Why I Am Running
My name is Paul F. Renneisen, and I am a Democrat running for Congress here in the 22nd District.
I have always voted for Democrats but, like many of you, I never considered politics as a career. With four kids to raise, I decided to augment my regular job by starting a small business. While keeping up with payroll and customers, I spent my personal time coaching youth baseball and volunteering for community, church and veterans groups.
In 2006, I opposed the war, so I campaigned hard for candidates who promised change, including our current Democratic Congressman. Now, like me, many of you are asking, is this the change we were voting for? Bankruptcy, foreclosure, war? What happened?
Ron Klein Has Not Delivered
The short answer is that Ron Klein has let us down. He promised peace but voted for more war. He promised insurance relief but delivered only more bureaucracy.
He said he would help our economy. As my neighbors disappear in foreclosures here on Bayview Drive, and the grass grows uncut at abandoned homes, Ron Klein takes money from special interests at a record pace. When our congressman takes money from special interests, we all pay. From drug companies to mortgage lenders, where does it stop?
My Priorities: Peace and Prosperity
It can stop with us. By voting for change, we can end special interest spending and the tax increases that are certain to follow.
I served our country as an Air Force pilot. My father served in World War II. My brother and wife are veterans as well. I understand war, and the toll it takes on families.
When war is necessary, we should all sacrifice, like the Greatest Generation did in World War II. When war is not necessary, we should bring it to an end.
Together, We Can Win
Join me in delivering a lasting homecoming victory for our troops through a peace and prosperity tax cut. When we stop paying for war and start investing in our domestic economy again, wages, pensions, and earnings are sure to rise as well.
With your help, you can elect a Congressman who will end the war and focus on the needs of the people here in the 22nd District. But we must act NOW if we want to win.
Victory Starts Today
If you have not already done so, please register to vote and join our campaign. Volunteers, donors and voters are all welcome. Be sure to register as a Democrat, because Florida is a closed primary state.
Subscribe to my email newsletter to get the latest updates from my campaign. You also can write me at .
Together, we can be a voice for financial security for our families in the 22nd District. Together, we can be the force for change that our district needs. (Statement of Candidacy, from his website at www.renneisen2008.com)
Renneisen was seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) in the 2008 congressional elections. He is a veteran who supports peace, and an electric car driver who supports energy policies that are not based on petroleum. He is also an accountant who has devised a tax strategy to help Americans face the current economic meltdown, and an opponent of offshore drilling in Florida.
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Renneisen will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Campaign Contact Information
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Florida and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ “Florida 2008 General Election,"The Green Papers, August 27, 2008
- ↑ Rachel Kapochunas, "Fall Hotbeds in Florida Produced Close Primaries Tuesday",CQ Politics, August 27, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Florida's 22nd Congressional District
- ↑ Official Paul Renneisen for Congress website
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Florida's 22nd Congressional District
- http://www.renneisen2008.com/ Official Paul Renneisen for Congress website]