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Ken Welch latest Democrat to embrace Charlie Crist’s congressional candidacy

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Considering he was at Charlie Crist‘s pitch two weeks ago to run for Congress, it was no surprise Wednesday when the Crist campaign said it now has Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch‘s backing. “Charlie Crist has been standing up for our values his whole life, even when it wasn’t easy,” Welch says in a prepared statement from the former governor’s campaign. “I’ve known Charlie for years – he’s a man of the people, and I know he will move us…

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Email insights: Eric Lynn plays on work with Barack Obama to rake in contributions

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Eric Lynn is asking for support in his bid for Congress in 2016. In an email sent to supporters Wednesday, Lynn plays on his work on President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and administration. “From 2007 until last year, I had the honor and privilege to work for President Barack Obama,” Lynn wrote. “I was proud to be one of the first hires for his historic presidential campaign and I was honored to serve as a senior adviser on National Security…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.22.15 — Freedom Caucus hearts Paul Ryan?

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Today could be an interesting day locally and nationally, or it could just be another day of unfulfilled hype: The St. Pete City Council gets together once again to decide on proposals that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to talk to officials in Hillsborough County, a subject we’ve visited more than a few times over the past five years or so. And in Washington, Hillary Clinton goes before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It’s supposed to last for at least eight…

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Alex Sink endorses Charlie Crist in CD 13 contest

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A day after he announced his candidacy, former Florida Chief Financial Officer and vanquished CD 13 Democratic candidate Alex Sink is endorsing Charlie Crist in the race to succeed David Jolly in the Pinellas County congressional seat. “Everyone knows how dysfunctional Washington is right now, only listening to themselves and fighting meaningless partisan battles,” Sink says in a statement. “We need someone who will give a voice to the people and push out the special interests, and Charlie Crist will…

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David Jolly says Charlie Crist asked Bill Young to resign and endorse him in 1997

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David Jolly got maximum exposure on Tuesday when he crashed Charlie Crist’s announcement in St. Petersburg, where he is running for the CD 13 seat that Jolly is vacating, calling the former Florida governor a “huckster” and ” a fraud.” Appearing on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Wednesday morning, Jolly showed no signs of ceasing his war of words with the man who could succeed him in Washington next year. Jolly criticized Crist by saying that he attempted to press the late C.W. Bill Young to resign…

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Eric Lynn touts the real Democrat card

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Congressional candidate Eric Lynn is responding to former Gov. Charlie Crist‘s long-anticipated announcement that he’ll challenge Lynn in a primary for Congressional District 13 by playing on reminders that Crist wasn’t always a Democrat. “Since day one, I’ve been in this race to sere as a voice for the people of Pinellas County. This is my hometown. I’m a St. Petersburg native, a life-long Democrat, and I know what issues are important to the people of this district: the economy,…

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Charlie Crist spends post-announcement afternoon chatting with veterans

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After officially announcing his bid for Congress, former Gov. Charlie Crist made two more stops to meet with veterans. In what was a throwback to the C.W. Bill Young 42-year reign, Crist promised to serve with a commitment to providing vets with more than what Washington gives them now. “People like Jay who have served in the armed forces literally are willing to risk their lives for our freedom,” Crist said from a new memorial at the War Veterans Memorial…

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