Matt Falconer announces bid for HD 44, says Weatherford is backing Precourt over Eisnaugle

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Former Orange County mayoral candidate Matthew Falconer announced Wednesday that he was running for the Florida House in a new District 44 that currently has two incumbent Republicans — Reps. Steve Precourt and Eric Eisnaugle –living within its boundaries, reports Aaron DeSlatte.

And if you read Falconer’s press release, it sounds like Will Weatherford has already taking sides in the primary.  Even if that were true, I doubt Weatherford would directly say that to Falconer.

Anyway, here is Falconer’s release:

Matthew Falconer’s rock solid conservative resume and strong support of conservative and tea party groups will pose a serious challenge to the incumbent, Representative Steve Precourt, so much so that Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford called Matthew Falconer yesterday to inform him the Speaker is backing Precourt.

This race will be a classic case of a citizen candidate against the establishment and determine if the conservative groups, including the tea party, have enough grass roots strength to defeat the well-financed establishment candidates.

“While I do not consider myself the frontrunner by no means am I a long shot. We the people have always outnumbered the group called the establishment, we just never had the tea party to level the playing field.”

“It is time to restore faith in government and I hope to lead that effort in the Florida House.”

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