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Here’s where sh*t stands — the ‘Democrats can’t keep it together’ edition

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For an entire eight days — EIGHT DAYS — local Democrats had their sh*t together. On April 25, state Rep. Dwight Dudley announces he will not seek re-election. Hours later, the well-liked Ben Diamond announces his candidacy for Dudley’s seat along with the endorsements of almost all of Pinellas’ Democratic elected officials. The seamless transition was almost Republican in its efficiency. Then, on May 3, Eric Lynn, heretofore a candidate for the 13th Congressional District, announces that he is dropping…

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Would-be CD 13 Dem candidates totally fine with Charlie Crist’s candidacy

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Although St. Petersburg attorney Jessica Ehrlich was soundly defeated by Bill Young in his last re-election for Congress in 2012, her margin of defeat was the second closest of any losing Democrat in 40 years, and she was running hard in the fall of 2013 to face Young again in 2014. However, after Young’s death in the fall of 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ignored Ehrlich’s efforts and recruited former CFO Alex Sink to run as the Democratic nominee. Sink…

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Mary Mulhern ‘investigating’ a run for Pinellas County CD 13 seat

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Former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern says she is “investigating” running for political office in 2016, and that includes the possibility of moving to Pinellas County this summer to compete for the CD 13 congressional seat currently held by Republican David Jolly. “I’ve been crunching numbers for months, and networking, and talking to people at all levels of government in Pinellas County, and here (in Hillsborough County), so it’s a definite possibility,” Mulhern told Florida Politics on Thursday night. “But…

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How the CD 13 race might shake out if David Jolly opts to run for Florida Senate in ’16

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Although David Jolly has now publicly stated that he won’t make an official decision about leaving his congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate until the 4th of July holiday, you can bet that he and his advisers are weighing the pros and cons of such a decision right now. One of his calculations simply has to be who might he be running against in a GOP primary. The other candidates in the mix: Fellow Florida U.S. Reps. Ron…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.17.15 — David Jolly to get a challenger?

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Happy St. Patrick Day to you and  yours. Well, it was quite a busy Monday. There were a number of stories I reported on yesterday, but none bigger locally than this: the Pinellas County Democratic Party already has one more candidate to challenge David Jolly in 2016 than they did last year. He’s Eric Lynn, and he’s definitely going to run for the Democratic nomination in the CD13 contest. (Check that. On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for Lynn told Florida Politics that…

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