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Mike La Rosa opens door to possible run for Alan Grayson’s open House seat

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As Alan Grayson launches a campaign for the U.S. Senate, both Republicans and Democrats are floating plans to replace the contentious Orlando liberal in Congress.

One such possible candidate, state Rep. Mike La Rosa, cracked open the door on Thursday to a possible run for Florida’s Ninth Congressional District.

In a statement, the two-term St. Cloud Republican, whose Florida House District 42 includes parts of Osceola and Polk counties – with many of the same voters as in CD 9 — said Grayson’s “disruptive” style resulted in failed leadership.

“As a family man and a small business owner here in the Ninth Congressional District,” La Rosa said, “I know firsthand that the people of this district have had failed representation on the federal level under Alan Grayson.”

“Grayson will not be missed,” he added.

Over the next several weeks, La Rosa, a native Floridian, said he will “pray with my family, and discuss with my supporters” the possibility of running for Grayson’s open seat.

“As I have in the state Legislature,” he continued, “I want to represent the good people of Osceola and Orange County with a middle-of-the-road approach and fairness for all the people who deserve much better than Grayson and his failed representation.”

La Rosa has represented the slightly Democratic-leaning HD 42 since 2012, and was named Majority Deputy Whip in 2014. He sits on the State Affairs Committee, Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee, Energy & Utilities Subcommittee and is vice chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee and Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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