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Politico: Stumbles bedevil Daniel Webster

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Former Florida Senate Majority Leader Daniel Webster was once thought to be a top House prospect, a politically pedigreed Republican who offered the GOP its best chance at knocking off freshman Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).

But Webster has experienced a sharp downturn in his political fortunes that raises questions about whether he can even win the Republican nomination in the Orlando-based 8th District.

One month after announcing his candidacy, Webster finds himself trying to fend off at least two serious primary opponents and on the defensive over disclosures that he billed meals to a state Republican Party American Express account.

It’s a surprising turn of events for Webster, a former state House speaker and 28-year legislative veteran who carries endorsements from popular former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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