Who called this first? Rick Kriseman won’t run for re-election to the State House

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Who called this first?

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.

Developing…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.