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As clock ticks, Democrat Tim Mahoney still ‘considering’ run for old congressional seat

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The Palm Beach Post is reporting: With Friday’s noon deadline approaching for federal candidates to qualify for the 2010 ballot, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney — booted from office after a 2008 sex scandal — says he’s still pondering a run for his old seat against freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta.

Rooney beat Mahoney in 2008 after Mahoney admitted to “multiple” extramarital affairs, including one with a woman who had been on his campaign and congressional payrolls. Mahoney, now divorced, says he takes full responsibility for his past conduct.

Since Democrat Chris Craft quit the race in March, Rooney has been without a serious challenge. No-party candidate Jim Horn qualified for the ballot this week. Perennial candidate Stan Smilan qualified Monday as a Democrat, but withdrew today, according to the state Division of Elections.

“I am considering it. I’ve got to make a decision in the next 24 to 36 hours,” Mahoney said this evening. “At the end of the day, I think the district deserves competition.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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