Sunshine State News reports that anonymous sources say unidentified candidates plan to run to replace Will Weatherford

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As excited as I am to see Kevin Derby back at Sunshine State News, a story he posted today reads like ‘If we had ham, we could have ham-and-eggs, if we had eggs.’

Reporting about the race to succeed term-limited Will Weatherford in the Florida House, Derby writes that an unidentified “Republican leader” expects the race to be “hotly contested” as “other candidates beside the two already in the race” enter the field. Derby reports that this Republican leader would not provide the names of these “other candidates.”

In other words, an anonymous source told Derby that some unidentified candidates plan to run for the Florida House in 2014.

How illuminating! By the way, explain why the “Republican leader” needed to remain anonymous since he provided no actual insight or news.

Derby’s writing about the other side of the aisle is no more illuminating than his news about the GOP.

“A prominent Democratic activist in the district told Sunshine State News “one or two” candidates will run for that party’s nomination,” reports Derby “and are already looking at fundraising plans but refused to identify the potential candidates.”

Again, an anonymous source told Derby that some unidentified candidates plan to run for the Florida House in 2014.

Color me mesmerized.

Actually, Derby does a decent, workmanlike job interviewing the candidates already filed to run in this seat, Christopher Scott Erwin and Minerva Diaz. But if-we-had-ham reporting like this isn’t worth looking up from your breakfast.

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