Rep. Rick Kriseman says he is not running for re-election.
“I’ve been in office for 12 years, the last six in Tallahassee, and it’s been extremely challenging and frustrating being up there fighting a system that I think is broken,” said Kriseman, a Democrat. “It’s time to come home and focus on my family and law practice and figure out what is next for me in politics.”
I don’t want to say good riddance, because I genuinely respect Rick’s principles, but Kriseman is just miserable in Tallahassee. I’m happy for him to see him come home.
As for who will succeed Kriseman, this is a huge shot in the arm for Republican Kathleen Peters’ campaign. I expect the Democrats will recruit someone credible, perhaps uber blogger Ben Kirby or Michelle King or Herb Polson.