Gonna be an interesting primary: Rep. John Legg unloads on Sen. Jim Norman

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So much for Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment about Republicans not speaking ill of each other.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times‘ Sue Carlton, Rep. John Legg lowers the boom on Sen. Jim Norman, saying aloud what a lot of folks have only discussed in private.

“We usually frown upon people challenging incumbents. That’s something we don’t rush into quickly,” Legg told me. “But quite frankly, this is a different circumstance. Jim Norman should not be in the Florida Senate.”

Let me repeat what John Legg, Republican, said about Jim Norman, Republican.

“Jim Norman should not be in the Florida Senate.”

Legg, of course, is referring to the fact that a federal investigation into Norman’s wife’s half-million-dollar home in Arkansas, paid for by Norman’s millionaire political benefactor and friend Ralph Hughes, ended with no charges. But this year, Norman signed an admission of guilt to the Florida Ethics Commission for not disclosing the gift.

Legg had been planning to run in District 18, which covers parts of Pasco, Hernando and Sumter counties, but said he now will run in the district that covers southern Pasco and part northern Hillsborough County.  Legg has said the decision essentially came down to where his family wants to live and raise their children.

But, in his interview with Carlton, Legg also said this: “The Jim Norman baggage was absolutely a factor.

Norman was already facing a challenge from John Korsak and former state Rep. Rob Wallace.

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.