Conservative John Lindsey drops out of HD 41 GOP primary

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Tea Party conservative John Lindsey dropped his GOP primary effort this weekend against state Rep. John Wood, who is running for a third term in House District 41.

The two faced off once before, in 2012 when Lindsey, a business development executive for Flowers Chemical Laboratory, lost the Republican primary. Wood received 65 percent of the Republican vote then while Lindsey took 35 percent.

In 2010, Lindsey also faced then-candidate Dennis Ross in the Republican primary for Florida’s 15 Congressional District seat. Lindsey received 31 percent of the GOP vote.

In announcing his departure, Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News reports that Lindsey called Wood a “good conservative,” and applauded him for filing HM 625, calling Congress to use the authority under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to convene a national constitutional convention for a balanced budget amendment.

If the measure is passed in two-thirds of the states, Congress can order a “convention of states” to pass a balanced budget amendment.

“This is perhaps the most significant piece of legislation Rep. Wood could have sponsored,” Lindsey said in a statement. “The opportunity to limit the federal government in its spending and power will help restore individual liberty and responsibility to all Americans.”  

Citing a recent speech by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the Polk County Republican Party, Lindsey agreed with the new lieutenant governor when he said, “Candidates should run to do something, not to be somebody!”

Lindsey said those words described both himself and Wood.

Although he dropped out of the HD 41 race, Lindsey insists he will remain active in politics, vowing to do all he can to help Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election effort. He also said he would run once again for Wood’s term-limited seat in 2016.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.