Curt Clawson took his seat in the U.S. House after a special election last week. He represents most of Southwest Florida. / marcoislandflorida.com
WASHINGTON – Newly minted congressman Curt Clawson says don't expect him to be a permanent fixture on Capitol Hill.
With millions of his own money to spend in a solidly GOP district, the Bonita Springs Republican probably could keep winning Florida's 19th District seat as long as he wants, provided he maintains a conservative voting record, takes care of constituent service and avoids personal scandal.
But the former corporate CEO said he's not particularly interested in serving indefinitely.
"I think three (two-year) terms is probably a good starting point for me," he said Tuesday, the day he won a special election to represent Southwest Florida. "It's hard for me to imagine myself (in office) beyond that."
Clawson, 54, said he supports term limits as a way to maintain the concept of a citizen legislature and limit the influence of career politicians.
He wouldn't completely close the door on serving longer than six years, "(but) there would have to be a dramatic change in how I view things to go more than three (terms)," he said.
Sen. Rubio's economic plan
While the White House hosted its summit on working families this past week, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was touting his own economic agenda.
In a speech Wednesday in Washington, the potential 2016 presidential candidate laid out his vision for helping families and criticized what he said are President Barack Obama failed policies.
Obama is pushing for a higher minimum wage, more employer-paid leave and gender equity when it comes to compensation.
"The solutions President Obama and his party offer single mothers have not worked," Rubio said. "Their idea of helping is to spend more money on programs that do nothing to help (them) escape poverty."
Most of what Rubio said wasn't new but it was the first time he had tied together all his economic ideas in one speech.
Rubio repeated his calls to expand tax credits, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and give states more leeway to spend federal anti-poverty money. He spoke about offering students more federal help to cover costs and changing college accrediting rules so they would have more choices. And he renewed his call to raise eligibility age for younger workers who have yet to enroll in Medicare and Social Security to protect those entitlement programs from insolvency.
"If we reform our taxes and regulations, we can create millions of higher-paying jobs by winning the global competition for talent, investment, and innovation," he said.
Iowa poll suggests problem for Jeb
A new poll shows Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a solid lead over Jeb Bush in Iowa in a hypothetical 2016 presidential-race matchup.
The former secretary of state led the former Republican governor from Florida by 13 points — 49 percent to 36 percent — in a telephone survey of 1,277 registered voters conducted June 12-16 by Quinnipiac University.
That's not the worst news for Bush, who is expected to decide by end of the year whether he'll run for the White House in 2016.
Asked their opinion of Jeb Bush, the older brother of former president George W. Bush, respondents said they viewed him unfavorably by a 36-28 percent margin. It was the poorest showing among five Republican contenders included on the survey.