Oct 11, 2013
Top Republicans Pass on Florida’s 13th Congressional District
Congressman Bill Young’s retirement presents a top pickup-opportunity for Democrats in Florida’s 13th congressional district – and now two potential top-tier Republican recruits are passing on even attempting a campaign here:
- “[Jack] Latvala, a seasoned political operative who has represented most of Young's district, would have immediately emerged as a frontrunner. Same goes for state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who could personally fund a lavish campaign, but also took himself out of the mix Thursday. [Tampa Bay Times, 10/10/13]
- “Two top potential Republican contenders to replace Rep. C.W. Bill Young — state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes — apparently won’t enter the race […]” [Tampa Tribune, 10/10/13]
“Top Republican recruits are passing on this race because they know that their party’s brand of recklessness and opposing reasonable solutions is out of touch with the values of Pinellas area voters,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This is a competitive seat for Democrats – and Republicans are looking at the mess their party in Washington has caused for middle class families, and they are declining to even attempt to wage a campaign here.”
BACKGROUND ON FL-13:
- President Obama won a majority of the vote across the district in 2008 (51.9% of the vote) and again in 2012 (50.7%).
- In 2010, in a challenging election cycle for Democrats, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink received 51.1% of the vote in FL-13 despite losing statewide to Rick Scott.
- In 2006, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson won the district with 63.7% of vote, compared to the 61.3% he received statewide