Here’s a running log of Democratic reaction to the announcement that former Gov. Charlie Crist will seek a seat in Congress representing Pinellas County:
Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant welcomed Crist to the race for Florida’s 13th congressional district: “With the final implementation of the Fair District amendments, Florida Democrats are excit(ed) and energized to pick up congressional seats across the Sunshine State — including in Pinellas County.”
Democratic candidate for Congress Eric Lynn: “Since day one, I’ve been in this race to serve 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, jobs, national security, veterans, health care and women’s rights, just to name a few. Voters need a fresh face, someone with new smart policy ideas who is eager to make a change and fight for them in Washington. I’m confident I will be just that for my fellow Floridians, and I’m looking forward to a spirited primary on important Democratic issues to prove it to them.”
State Rep. Dwight Dudley, a St. Petersburg Democrat: “Charlie knows the issues of Florida and of Pinellas County. He’s a good and honorable person and would serve us well in Washington.”
More comments will be added as they come in; continue to check FloridaPolitics.com throughout the afternoon.