by Linda Szugyi
Following state and local politics is a pretty tough thing to do when you move every couple of years. Since we don’t have cable and I rarely turn on the local channels, Florida’s 13th District special election slipped right by. All I managed to do was make sure it wasn’t my district. It was an important election, though. At least until David Jolly won. With a GOP victory, maybe it wasn’t so important after all.
Regardless of its value as a harbinger, the special election did spark enough interest in me to look up the prospects for my own district, Florida’s 14th. The spark was quickly doused by the lack of information about those running against Democrat incumbent Kathy Castor.
Both Politics1 and US Elections list two Republican candidates, John Mark Grey and John Coney. While most folks listed as candidates for office in the state of Florida in 2014 already have a website linked, neither of these gentlemen do. I know, it’s still early in the year. The primaries aren’t held until August. Still, it’s frustrating when even the oddballs have websites up and running.
The news about my district is even more disheartening: No Obstacles To Kathy Castor’s Progress. And look at this map of House races, where Castor floats safely in her little blue boat amid a red sea. She won reelection in 2012 with 70% of the vote. The closest race she ran was in 2010, when she got 60% of the vote.
Is my district as hopeless as it seems? Since Kathy Castor continues to wear her support of Obamacare as a badge of honor, she should be vulnerable. For heaven’s sake, she continues to display on her congressional website Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year: If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. (Hat tip.)
Are either of the listed Republicans serious candidates? Will more candidates surface?
By the way, another special election will be held on June 24th, in Florida’s 19th District. Will it get as much attention as the 13th District did?
We’ll see. Stay tuned.
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