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Democrats react to Charlie Crist’s run for Congress

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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 throughout the afternoon. 

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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