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Don’t change the channel: Trey Radel to return to radio full-time

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Trey Radel is back. Radel, a Fort Myers Republican, announced Friday he is returning to radio full-time. Beginning Tuesday, Radel will be hosting “Daybreak,” a morning talk radio show on 92.5 Fox News in Southwest Florida. “Your support and kind words have meant more to me than you’ll ever know,” wrote Radel on his Facebook page Friday morning. The new gig marks a return to the radio for Radel. Once a popular television and radio personality, Radel hosted the morning show before his…

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Call it a comeback? Trey Radel reportedly interested in returning to former radio job

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Trey Radel could be trying to stage a comeback — at least on the radio. Radel, who resigned from Congress in 2014 following a cocaine scandal, has been an occasional fill-in host on Daybreak with Drew Steele, a conservative talk radio show on 92.5 Fox News in Southwest Florida, for the past few weeks. On Tuesday, the Naples Daily News reported he would be interested in getting back on the airwaves. Radel told the Naples Daily News he would be…

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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 releases television, radio ads in CD 19 race

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Francis Rooney is hitting the airwaves, releasing his first advertisements of the 2016 election cycle. The Naples Republican released a 30-second television spot Thursday. Rooney is the first candidate to launch an ad campaign in the race to replace Rep. Curt Clawson in the U.S. House. “D.C. insiders from both parties have let us down. We need change. Francis Rooney is a businessman, not a politician. Rooney is from the construction industry, where he’s created thousands of jobs,” a female narrator…

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Matt Caldwell passes on CD 19 run

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Count Matt Caldwell out. Caldwell said Wednesday he won’t run in for the Congressional District 19 seat being vacated by Rep. Curt Clawson. Caldwell believes he can best serve Florida from a position in the Florida House. “As I told many this weekend, my overwhelming desire is to have a Congressperson that was competent on the issues and committed to serving our community. For me, two issues stand out about above all others for this office: the Everglades and term…

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Francis Rooney, former ambassador and prominent Bush supporter, running for Congress

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Francis Rooney is in. Rooney, the former ambassador to the Holy See and a longtime Republican fundraiser, announced Monday he plans to run for the Congress. The Naples Republican’s announcement will likely clear the field, with several Southwest Floridians saying they were no longer considering a bid. “I have given much thought to public service and how I could help others by making use of my successful record in business, my lifelong commitment to conservative values and my deep involvement…

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Curt Clawson is why we can’t have nice things

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Judging by the expression on her face, Lizbeth Benacquisto appeared genuinely surprised — and touched — by the standing ovation given to her by her colleagues in the Senate upon her return to the Florida Legislature. The date was April 23, 2014, and it was the day after Benacquisto finished second in the four-way Republican primary to replace Trey Radel, who had been forced from office after being arrested in Washington D.C. on drug charges. Radel represented Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which encompasses most of…

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