Thursday, September 19, 2013

Where Credit is Due

It's no secret I'm not a big fan of Space Coast's congressional representative, Bill Posey.

(If you've ever had any doubts, click here to reference previous articles that referenced Posey.)

But Posey and the rest of the Florida congressional delegation did the right thing last week, when all representatives sent letters of support to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, after members from other states and districts tried to interfere in the leasing process for Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A.

It was refreshing to see all members — Democrat and Republican, House and Senate — set aside partisan differences to challenge this assault on the integrity of NASA's decision-making process by congressional members whose campaigns are partially financed by legacy aerospace companies.

I submitted a letter this afternoon to Florida Today. I don't know if it will be published, but I'm posting it here to acknowledge that I'll support any elected official willing to do the right thing.

Thank you to Rep. Bill Posey and the rest of Florida’s congressional delegation for their unanimous bipartisan efforts to stop powerful interests from interfering in NASA’s process for determining the future of Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A.

With pad 39B remodeled for the government’s Space Launch System, NASA has no need for 39A. NASA sought commercial tenants who might use the pad, just as NASA has found tenants for other Apollo and Shuttle era facilities.

SpaceX and Blue Origin submitted bids. SpaceX has a track record of success and an imminent need for 39A to launch their Falcon Heavy rocket. Blue Origin admits they’ll have no need until at least 2018, but claim they’re willing to sublease it to a competitor.

Certain members of the House and Senate have protested a deal with SpaceX. These members, according to online records, have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from legacy aerospace companies threatened by SpaceX innovation and efficiency.

Florida’s two senators and its 27 House members unanimously rejected pork politics. They wrote letters supporting NASA’s bid process, placing the nation’s needs first.

Their bipartisan act is a template for solving other problems facing this nation.

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