Jack Latvala to Rick Baker: On running for Congress, it’s time to fish or cut bait

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As Democrat Alex Sink continues to raise well into six figures for her newly-minted campaign for Congressional District 13, state Senator Jack Latvala, once considered a contender to run for the seat, is calling on former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker as to whether or not he intends to run.

Tweeted Latvala, who, by the way is sporting a great new avatar, “Rick Baker’s silence has hurt the GOP on St. Pete Mayor’s race. It is now hurting us in CD 13 Special. Come on, Mayor!”

Latvala is referring to the fact that Republican incumbent Bill Foster is in danger of being unseated by Democrat Rick Kriseman — a scenario which may not be about to occur had Baker strongly endorsed Foster. Baker has been noticeably silent on who is preferred candidate is in that race.

As for the race for CD 13, since Sink filed to run on Wednesday morning, she has raised over $100,000 and is generating considerable media and support for her bid. There is also just 38 days before ballots are to be mailed to early voters in the Primary Elections for CD 13.

Earlier today, Bill Young, Jr., the son of the late congressman, announced that he would not run for CD 13.

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