John Moffitt, treasurer of the Republican Party of Seminole County, announced this week that he will take on Dorworth, who is in line to become House Speaker in 2014, in the Aug. 14 primary. District 29 includes Lake Mary, Longwood, Casselberry and Altamonte Springs.
“He’s a future party leader, yet he’s living in a house where he hasn’t made a mortgage payment, he’s involved in a business that stands to make millions on the Wekiva Parkway, and he’s in a testy divorce,” Moffitt said. “There are just so many questions that you have to wonder if my opponent is truly the man who should be in charge of the state of Florida’s budget.”
“It’s clearly his prerogative to run for office,” Dorworth said. “But it means that I will go out and communicate with the voters as I have always done.”
Dorworth has a campaign warchest of $250,000. And the two-term legislator expressed clear annoyance that a local party official would challenge him.
Dorworth said his divorce proceedings are a personal issue that shouldn’t be part of a political campaign. He said he is taking part in an ongoing mediation process with his mortgage company.
Material from the Orlando Sentinel, written by Martin Comas, was used in this post.