Campaign 2010

Nov 07, 2013

State of the Republican Field in FL-13: Disarray

With two more potential top Republican recruits refusing today to run for the open seat in FL-13 and other top Republicans openly hostile to the prospect of Washington lobbyist David Jolly’s candidacy, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Republican primary for this toss-up seat is devolving into disarray.  

“The Republican recruitment in Florida’s 13th congressional district has been an exercise in disarray as top-tier potential recruits look at their party’s toxic brand of reckless shutdowns,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If Republicans are stuck with Washington lobbyist Jolly – still an if – they’ll be entering the race with a flawed candidate who lacks the backing of even the leaders of his own party.”

Republicans who have already refused to attempt a campaign include: former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard; Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri; former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker; Beverly Young; Bill Young II; County Commissioner Karen Seel; former state Rep. Larry Crow, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos;  State Sens. Brandeis and Latvala, and others.  

BACKGROUND:

Republican State Senator Jack Latvala: “I really don't think the timing is right for a Washington lobbyist to move to our district and run for Congress." “‘I really don't think the timing is right for a Washington lobbyist to move to our district and run for Congress,’ said state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Latvala added, ‘I will guarantee you there will be another candidate besides him.’" [Tampa Bay Times, 10/4/13]