Is Rev. Manuel Sykes bat-sh*t crazy to challenge David Jolly or just crazy?

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As we first reported way back in October, the Rev. Manuel Sykes has his ambitions set on being a member of Congress.

Although he did not run in the special election to replace the late Bill Young, Sykes is now saying he intends to challenge Republican David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Because an African American candidate moving into a lily-white district makes so much sense!

Because a candidate with little proven ability to raise money challenging an incumbent whose re-election has been made a priority by his party makes so much sense!

Because a Democrat who has already declared his support for Obamacare running in an election cycle expected to be a Republican year makes so much sense!

At this point, the question is not whether Rev. Sykes is crazy to challenge Jolly, but whether he is bat-sh*t crazy for doing so.

For its part, the Jolly campaign must be salivating at the prospect of Sykes entering the race. It gives them a reason to raise (more) money for a full-fledged campaign without, you know, the threat of possibly losing.

Meanwhile, SPB hears that the chances of Democrat Jessica Ehrlich entering the race are less and less as she is telling her supporters that she is enjoying the opportunity to be a frequent guest commentator for Fox News.


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