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Francis Rooney says he’s not considering 2018 gubernatorial bid

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Rep. Francis Rooney dismissed rumors he is considering gubernatorial bid, saying he is focused on “being the best congressman” he can be for Southwest Florida. Rooney, a freshman congressman and the former ambassador to the Holy See, said he was not considering a run for governor in 2018. “I am considering one thing — being the best congressman I can be for Southwest Florida,” he said. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to represent Southwest Florida, and I’m not intending to…

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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy look confident before Florida’s Senate primary

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy are campaigning as if Tuesday’s primary was already over and they won their parties’ nominations for U.S. Senate. And it may be for good reason. Rubio’s main challenger, Carlos Beruff, appeared to throw in the towel, essentially shutting down the campaign he’d sunk $8 million of his own money into. And Murphy’s main challenger, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, has been damaged by ethics and domestic abuse allegations, leaving Murphy to focus…

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Francis Rooney gives his CD 19 campaign $600K

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Francis Rooney gave his campaign another financial boost this week. The Naples Republican gave his congressional campaign $636,754 on Aug. 15. The most recent cash infusion means Rooney has given his campaign more than $2.1 million since jumping into the race. Rooney is vying to replace Rep. Curt Clawson in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. He’ll face Republicans Dan Bongino and Chauncey Goss in the Aug. 30 primary. Records show Rooney received about $510,000 in individual contributions during the last fundraising period.…

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Francis Rooney raises $500K in four weeks in CD 19 race

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Francis Rooney raised more than $500,000 in a month. The Naples Republican announced Friday his campaign raised more than $500,000 in four weeks. Rooney announced he was running for Congress in May, and is vying to replace Curt Clawson in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. “We’re incredibly proud of the broad support we have earned from throughout the community and the incredible momentum we’ve built based on our core conservative principles,” said Rooney. Rooney, the former ambassador to the Holy See,…

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Changing political landscape means contested races in each of Florida’s congressional districts

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In an election year dominated by outsiders and political chaos, it’s not surprising that every congressional district has at least two people vying for the seat. Candidates had until noon Friday to submit their paperwork to run for congressional seats. State records show all of the state’s 27 congressional races in Florida this congressional cycle are contested. There are several factors contributing to the shift in the delegation’s make-up, including a redistricting ruling late last year. The map created new…

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Francis Rooney talks policy, politics during BUPAC meeting

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The influencer told voters Wednesday he won’t be influenced. Francis Rooney, a Naples Republican, said he will not accept any money from political committees in his bid to replace Curt Clawson in Congress. The pledge is in line with one Clawson, a Bonita Springs Republican, made during his 2014 congressional bid. The former ambassador and longtime Bush family supporter also said that, unlike other members of, he would not need to be “perpetually fundraising” if he is elected. “The only…

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Patrick Murphy introduces bill to provide resources to local governments to fight the spread of Zika

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Jupiter Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy has introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act that would provide resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of the Zika virus. The bill reauthorizes a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts. It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infections diseases like Zika. The bill…

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