Brian Walsh

This November, voters in Florida’s 24th Congressional District have the chance to strip another vote away from Nancy Pelosi and restore a Republican seat in the House. Currently represented by freshman Democrat Suzanne Kosmas, Florida’s 24th District generally has a Republican registration advantage. After the Aug. 24 primaries, Kosmas now faces a tough battle against GOP nominee Sandy Adams.

Florida’s 24th Congressional District consists of several portions of the Orlando-Daytona Beach area, as well as portions of the Space Coast region. Spanning central Florida on the eastern side of the state, the district includes parts of Brevard, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties. Represented by Republican Tom Feeney for three terms, Kosmas was barely able to defeat Feeney in the 24th District, even in Democrat-friendly 2008. This year, however, Sandy Adams is poised to take back this conservative Florida seat, which is rated by Cook Partisan Voting Index as R+4. George W. Bush carried this district in 2004 with 55% of the vote, while McCain also won this district in 2008 with 51%.

Deemed one of the “Flip Flop Five” by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Suzanne Kosmas initially voted ‘no’ when the House first voted on government health care takeover legislation in November 2009. After shady backroom deals revolving around funding for her district and heavy arm-twisting, Kosmas turned her back on her constituents and caved to pressure from her party’s liberal leaders. Instead of listening to the voices of the voters in Florida’s 24th District, Kosmas fell in line with Speaker Pelosi’s agenda of runaway spending and ultimately cast a deciding ‘yes’ vote for ObamaCare. Kosmas put party loyalty ahead of her voters when she flip-flopped on ObamaCare and rubber-stamped trillions of dollars in unprecedented government spending and half-a-trillion dollars in tax increases and Medicare cuts.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.