When political candidates spend time with our editorial board to help us decide who to endorse, we never know what is going to come out.
Mixed in with the basic issues and formal phrasing are some quotable quotes.
Here is a sampler from our latest half-hour sessions with candidates in the Aug. 14 primary. (You can see and hear the entire interviews for yourself at naplesnews.com/elections.)
Trey Radel, running for the GOP nomination for U.S. House District 19, sizes up the rest of the field: "Quite frankly there are some great candidates out there."
He spoke of his work experience as a TV newsman and with the family mortuary in Ohio: "I was the occasional idiot standing in the hurricane" and "I drove the hearse and did as much as I possibly could."
Florida Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, seeking re-election in newly named District 106, had two observations on education. If students are so enthused in elementary grades, "What happens when they get to high school and they're half asleep?" she asked.
She also calls for clear testing standards: "Kids are going to work hard to produce if they know what's expected."
Her GOP opponent, David Bolduc of Naples, said "we will have another banking-led crisis" and proposes a state bank to "help insulate ourselves."
It works for North Dakota, he said, and the only thing different about Florida is that it's "40 degrees warmer."
His age? Forty-four "as of today; it's my birthday."
Chauncey Solinger of San Carlos Park, a Republican running in new Florida House District 76 in the Bonita Springs-Estero area, said: "I grew up in food stamp lines, so I know the value of working."
As the owner of three small businesses, he said: "I know how to turn a dime into a dollar."
Ray Rodrigues, another GOP candidate for that seat, said of his past races for supervisor of elections and the Lee County School Board: "I'm a believer in learning, and I learned not to run against an incumbent."
Think regionally, he said: "A rising tide raises all ships."
Michael Grant, running for the same seat, said Florida "is going to be the laboratory for what works and what doesn't work" for seniors' health care.
He's against more gambling: "What's it doing these days for Atlantic City and Nevada?"
Les Cochran of Estero, running for the Lee County School Board, District 3, sees a vacuum of leadership: "I don't see anyone walking the walk or walking the talk or however you say that."
He zeroes in on long bus rides "on yellow dinosaurs" as a waste of time and money: "Nothing good happens on a bus."
And so it goes.
Stay tuned. There are more interviews and quotable quotes to come.n n nA few weeks ago Daily News reader Bill Rowe of Naples asked readers to send in clever boat names as a marine response to the compilations of license plates that I do from time to time.
This is what we got — mostly from Rowe himself.
Dock It To Me
At the Office
Bow to Sterne (owner's name)
Dutch Treat (owner's from Holland)
Eau La La
Jet Star (he just retired as editor of a flying magazine, and he and his wife are pilots)
Strings Attached (a sailboat)
Wright Stuff (owner's name)
Two Wive$ (owned by two couples; the wives have a habit of shopping till they drop when on cruises)
Radio Waves (he owns radio stations)
Double O (he drives an Aston Martin and his kids named the boat)
Bob-A-Lou (their names)
Haui from Maui (his dad's name was Howard and played in a Hawaiian band)\
Knot So Fast
Whopper Jr (he owned Burger Kings)
Golden Domer (he graduated from Notre Dame)
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