“Both challengers will need to battle the advantages of incumbency, like name recognition and cash. Richter’s campaign has collected $559, and Hughes’ has $100 for the November campaign, according to finance reports. So far, Passidomo has collected $71,357 in cash.”


Opponents challenge Rep. Passidomo on foreclosure bill

Political opponents of a Naples state legislator running for re-election have found ammunition in her fast-track foreclosure bill, which brewed statewide controversy before it died earlier this month.

Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, the Republican incumbent in the state House of Representatives, said she isn’t sure whether she will resurrect the bill in the 2013 legislative session. She first introduced the bill last year, but it failed then, too.

Now a Libertarian challenger, Peter Richter, is making it a campaign issue. He said the proposal, known as the Florida Fair Foreclosure Act, left discontent among homeowners he says would have been hurt by the measure.

“It died last year, as well, and every year this keeps coming back,” said Richter, 35, a Naples information technology consultant.

He likened elected officials in Tallahassee to a corrupt “pit of vipers” and said “it’s a great opportunity to send a message to all of them by sending a Libertarian up there that’s from a strong Republican district.”

Richter has organized a protest against the foreclosure bill, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today March 22, 2012 in front of the law office of Passidomo’s husband on 5th Avenue South in Naples.

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