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Florida Republican Candidate for Congress Responds to Dr. Jill Biden Comments

Republican candidate for Congress Lt. Colonel (Retired) Al Santos, running in the primary for Florida’s 7th District, reacted to the comments made by First lady Jill Biden during a conference of Latino civil rights group UnidosUS.

“All Hispanics are outraged that stereotyped expressions of this nature persist against our community,” Santos said. “These words expose the hypocrisy and lack of respect for the entire Hispanic community. Comparing our people to tacos eaten for breakfast is demeaning and needs to stop.”

Santos, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, called on the Biden Administration to cease and desist from the insults and demagoguery against the Latino community.

“We Hispanics are hard-working, intelligent, productive people who pay our taxes. Enough of so much discrimination. Enough of so many insults,” added Santos. “It is time to wake up. Wake up Hispanic brother. Wake up Boricua and demand respect. Demand that they treat you and us as they do others, and that discriminatory practices end. This administration has divided our nation. It is because of these practices that Hispanics are abandoning the ranks of the Democratic Party and registering as Republicans.”

The First Lady apologized after the National Association of Hispanic Journalists said the “as unique as the breakfast tacos” comment was culturally inappropriate.

Lt. Colonel Santos is campaigning on his biography of being a decorated combat veteran with a distinguished record of more than 30 years of service from the United States Army. He served in Afghanistan, Colombia as well as in several American Embassies in different parts of the world. He is the only Latino candidate in the race.

The Republican primary for Florida’s Congressional 7th District, which includes Seminole and Volusia counties, will be on August 23rd.

Florida’s Congressional Candidate advocates for construction of new nuclear power plants

(July 10, 2022)- Al Santos, a Republican candidate for Florida’s 7th Congressional District, advocated for the use of nuclear energy to lessen the nation’s dependance on foreign oil.

“There’s no question we need to act now and move away from the dependency on foreign oil to power our communities and business. We need to implement a comprehensive United States energy independence policy that can assure us that no matter what happens in the world, our energy needs will be covered domestically without impacting our citizens with high prices for electricity and gasoline. Therefore, we need to boost nuclear energy production across the nation, including Florida”, Santos said.

“Nuclear is a zero-emission, completely clean energy source with vast amounts of potential. By the end of 2021, the United States had 93 operating commercial nuclear reactors at 55 nuclear power plants in 28 states, including two nuclear power plants in Florida which produce more than 3,000 megawatts of clean, emission-free energy. Nuclear power is essential to Florida’s development, and we will push for new, more efficient, and safe reactions to increase production which will reduce the price our citizens pay for electricity in their homes, as well as our small business”, Santos added. 

“The math, the numbers and the science are there. For example, 1,000 megawatts can power up to 460,000 homes at a reduced price compared to other forms of energy such as coal. Although the cost of construction of a nuclear reactor is high, the reality is that on an even playing field, without external issues such as war, the price paid by our citizens in nuclear and fossil fuel is the same, with nuclear slightly less. The benefits are that in times of crisis or market fluctuation, where the cost of fossil fuel erupts, nuclear energy will keep the same level, even going down because of new technology. This is why we need nuclear power, to diversify our energy sector”, the candidate concluded.

Santos, a condecorate 30- year combat veteran of the United States’ Army, who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan among many other theaters of war, added that he will being drafting a draft legislation that would make mass murder a capital crime punished by death as soon as this week.

Florida has five commercially operated nuclear reactors located at three sites, Crystal River, St. Lucie (Jensen Beach) and Homestead. The reactor at Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant Site has been decommissioned for some time now and there are no plans to restart it.

As of today, Florida is the nation’s second-largest producer of electricity after Texas, with natural gas and fossil fuel accounting for about 75 percent of it.

Santos is running for election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Florida’s 7th Congressional District. He declared his candidacy for the Republican primary scheduled on August 23, 2022.

The general election will be on November 8, 2022.

Al Santos Officially Qualifies for Congressional District 7 Seat

He Will Campaign to Restore Freedom, Create Jobs, Fight Inflation and Promote American Values

CASSELBERRY, Fla. – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Al Santos today officially qualified as a candidate for the U.S. Congress, District 7 seat previously held by Congressman John Mica and currently held by Stephanie Murphy.

“It is with great excitement that I announce that I have officially qualified as a candidate for Congress in District 7. As a 20 year resident of Central Florida, I look forward to bringing my conservative values, my commitment to service to America and the strength of my faith as the foundation to serve the people of the district. Our personal freedoms have been eroded over the last couple of years. I am committed to restoring our freedoms while protecting our hard-earned tax dollars and ensuring that we continue to grow our economy by fighting inflation and reestablishing our energy independence,” said Santos.

Al Santos was born in Puerto Rico where he graduated from Baptist High School. Al got married shortly thereafter and started to build a life while studying business in college. Only a few years later graduation, Al established his first successful business which was a hardware store. He’s served our country faithfully for 33 years. Al joined the armed forces after graduation from the University of Puerto Rico ROTC. He chose to stay in the U.S. Army National Guard while studying and running a business. Al acquired and sold a gas station and a transportation company after successfully growing the businesses. Al was hired by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate which led to his election in 1998 to President of the Republican Party in his hometown in Puerto Rico.

Santos was called to Active Duty in 2001 where he served until retired. While in the military, Al held a wide range of leadership positions from Senior Advisor to the Afghan Commander Special Operations Brigade South, Kandahar, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, to Director and Team Leader Commando Course and, Cobra Strike Training Program Afghanistan. Moreover, in 2007 to 2008 he was the Commander of the Counter-Drug and Counter Narco-Terrorism Programs in Colombia. Also, Lt. COLONEL Santos was the Commander responsible to establish and manage Operations Enduring Freedom Caribbean & Central America.

Al has earned multiple degrees through hard work and dedication. He earned his Bachelor in Pre-Law, Bachelor of Business Administration from Columbia College, a master’s degree in National Security from American Military University, a master’s degree in National Strategy from U.S. Army War College, a Business Analytics degree from Harvard Business School, and is working toward a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University.

As a decorated senior Army officer, Lt. Colonel Al Santos is ready to get back on the front lines for our families, our communities, and our country.

For more information, please visit his website at: www.alsantos.org

Paid for by Al Santos for Congress

Al Santos Condemns Pending Title 42 Decision

CASSELBERRY, Fla. – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Al Santos and candidate for Congress in Florida District 7 today condemned the pending decision to rescind Title 42 regarding American immigration policy.

“Once in Congress, I will introduce legislation to redefine what asylum is and will who qualify for it instead of the status quo that allows criminals and those who would do harm to America to enter our country. The Biden Administration’s open door border policy is a slap in the face to those immigrants who respect the rule of law. I will also propose to create a buffer zone within Mexico to slow down illegal immigration and human trafficking,” said Santos.

Al Santos was born in Puerto Rico where he graduated from Baptist High School. Al got married shortly thereafter and started to build a life while studying business in college. Only a few years later graduation, Al established his first successful business which was a hardware store. He’s served our country faithfully for 33 years. Al joined the armed forces after graduation from the University of Puerto Rico ROTC. He chose to stay in the U.S. Army National Guard while studying and running a business. Al acquired and sold a gas station and a transportation company after successfully growing the businesses. Al was hired by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate which led to his election in 1998 to President of the Republican Party in his hometown in Puerto Rico.

Santos was called to Active Duty in 2001 where he served until retired. While in the military, Al held a wide range of leadership positions from Senior Advisor to the Afghan Commander Special Operations Brigade South, Kandahar, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, to Director and Team Leader Commando Course and, Cobra Strike Training Program Afghanistan. Moreover, in 2007 to 2008 he was the Commander of the Counter-Drug and Counter Narco-Terrorism Programs in Colombia. Also, Lt. COLONEL Santos was the Commander responsible to establish and manage Operations Enduring Freedom Caribbean & Central America.

Al has earned multiple degrees through hard work and dedication. He earned his Bachelor in Pre-Law, Bachelor of Business Administration from Columbia College, a master’s degree in National Security from American Military University, a master’s degree in National Strategy from U.S. Army War College, a Business Analytics degree from Harvard Business School, and is working toward a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University.

As a decorated senior Army officer, Lt. Colonel Al Santos is ready to get back on the front lines for our families, our communities, and our country.

For more information, please visit his website at: www.alsantos.org

Paid for by Al Santos for Congress

Al Santos Announces Veterans Policy Platform

Our Veterans Deserve the Support that they have Earned While Protecting and Defending America

CASSELBERRY, Fla. – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Al Santos and candidate for Congress in Florida District 7 today announced the creation of his policy platform to support our nation’s veterans.

“Our veterans have sacrificed for America, and they deserve our support. Having served our country for over 30 years in the armed services, I have seen firsthand the commitment and dedication that our veterans have shown to our country. Central Florida is home to thousands of veterans, and I am committed to representing them and ensuring they get the support and respect that they deserve in Congress,” said Santos.

Santos continued, “In Congress, I am pledging to support the following initiatives for veterans which include:

  • Supporting the Honoring our PACT Act which addresses toxic exposure by providing VA health care services to those veterans who have been impacted
  • Supporting the growth and funding of the Central Florida VA hospital
  • Supporting Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot Program by securing federal support

Al Santos was born in Puerto Rico where he graduated from Baptist High School. Al got married shortly thereafter and started to build a life while studying business in college. Only a few years later graduation, Al established his first successful business which was a hardware store. He’s served our country faithfully for 33 years. Al joined the armed forces after graduation from the University of Puerto Rico ROTC. He chose to stay in the U.S. Army National Guard while studying and running a business. Al acquired and sold a gas station and a transportation company after successfully growing the businesses. Al was hired by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate which led to his election in 1998 to President of the Republican Party in his hometown in Puerto Rico.

Santos was called to Active Duty in 2001 where he served until retired. While in the military, Al held a wide range of leadership positions from Senior Advisor to the Afghan Commander Special Operations Brigade South, Kandahar, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, to Director and Team Leader Commando Course and, Cobra Strike Training Program Afghanistan. Moreover, in 2007 to 2008 he was the Commander of the Counter-Drug and Counter Narco-Terrorism Programs in Colombia. Also, Lt. COLONEL Santos was the Commander responsible to establish and manage Operations Enduring Freedom Caribbean & Central America.

Al has earned multiple degrees through hard work and dedication. He earned his Bachelor in Pre-Law, Bachelor of Business Administration from Columbia College, a master’s degree in National Security from American Military University, a master’s degree in National Strategy from U.S. Army War College, a Business Analytics degree from Harvard Business School, and is working toward a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University.

As a decorated senior Army officer, Lt. Colonel Al Santos is ready to get back on the front lines for our families, our communities, and our country.

For more information, please visit his website at: www.alsantos.org

Paid for by Al Santos for Congress