Grayson-challenger Jorge Bonilla hires Rubio staffers, including Anthony Bustamante

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Maybe it’s time to take Jorge Bonilla’s challenge to Democratic incumbent Alan Grayson seriously.

On Monday, the Navy veteran announced the hiring of two staffers who are veterans of Marco Rubio’s 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate. 

Anthony Bustamante, who was Rubio’s field director, is joining Bonilla’s campaign as a senior campaign strategist, while Luis Hernandez, who served as the director of Hispanic outreach in Central Florida for Rubio, will serve as a campaign advisor to Bonilla.

Last month, Bonilla launched his campaign against Grayson, saying he is “deeply concerned about the direction that our country is headed in. Our current leadership is projecting weakness to our enemies abroad, and overt hostility to our most cherished allies.”

The outspoken Grayson easily won in 2012 in the Ninth Congressional District, collecting 62.5 percent of the vote.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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