Didn’t we already know that Mark Sharpe’s Congressional campaign was on hold?
I guess the Tampa Tribune‘s William March and Chris Ingram don’t think so? They’re both breathlessly touting Sharpe’s appearance on Ingram’s radio show as ‘The Decision’ when Sharpe, who had an uphill road against Kathy Castor even with better lines, will tell the world what we all already know: Sharpe is suspending his campaign.
Wasn’t it already suspended?
In recent days, Sharpe has been saying the newly redrawn Tampa-based congressional District 14 is just too tough for a Republican. The district already was heavily Democratic, and appears to have become even more so in the redistricting currently being undertaken by the Legislature.
Previously, Sharpe had said he wouldn’t let a heavily Democratic district stop him from running, March writes.
Making his announcement of the race in August, he said, “I’m fully prepared to run, however the mapmakers draw the map.”
Speaking to a gathering of Republicans in December, he said, “I’m hopeful that we’ll have a fair map, but I don’t care if the whole district is in South St. Petersburg,” a heavily Democratic area. “I’m going to beat (Castor).
Sharpe has said he didn’t want to ask friends and supporters to contribute financially to his campaign if he has no chance of winning.
I guess that means I’ll be getting my (pro-rated) check back.
“I don’t want a safe district. I want to represent everybody, black, white and Hispanic.”
Lately, however, Sharpe has sounded different, calling the newly redrawn district “very challenging.”
“We’re not even talking uphill, it’s straight vertical,” he said last week, speaking of “a likely suspension of our campaign,” at least until the expected court challenge to the new district plan is settled.