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Feb. 6, 2014, midnight

State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R) “said that he’s giv­ing ser­i­ous thought to mount­ing” a bid to take on Rep. Alan Grayson (D). “If his fam­ily is ‘ex­cited about it’ — and ‘not just okay with it’ — Eisnaugle said he would eval­u­ate if he’s the best per­son to take on” Grayson. Eisnaugle: “And if it’s me. I’m pretty sure I’ll throw my hat in the ring.”

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The “race wasn’t on his radar a couple weeks ago. But when” the GOP’s “top dogs — Or­ange Co. May­or Rich Crotty (R), state Rep. Steph­en Pre­court (R) and ex-state Sen. Dan Web­ster (R) — “all bailed on a pos­sible run, calls star­ted com­ing in ask­ing him to take a look, he said.”

Eisnaugle: “It gave me a sense of duty that I needed to start look­ing at this. The people of Cent­ral Flor­ida de­serve a con­gress­man who rep­res­ents the dis­trict. We don’t have that right now” (Dam­ron, “Cent­ral Flor­ida Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/15).

Keiser Non-Per­man­ente

There’s “a scramble” by GOP­ers to “quickly uni­fy” be­hind a can­did­ate to take on Grayson,, and ideally, one with name ID “and deep pock­ets.” That’s prob­ably why there were “so many hope­ful whis­pers” re­cently that Keiser Univ. founder Belinda Keiser (R) would enter the race. But she took her name out of the run­ning last week. A Keiser spokes­per­son: “While she will not be a can­did­ate in this race, Mrs. Keiser be­lieves pub­lic ser­vice is a priv­ilege and a re­spons­ib­il­ity and may seek of­fice at a later time” (Dam­ron, “Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/16).

Mean­while, ex-Gov. Bush son George P. Bush en­dorsed de­veloper Ar­mando Gu­ti­er­rez Jr. (R) in the race. Act­iv­ists Pa­tri­cia Sul­li­van (R) and Dan Fan­el­li (R) are also run­ning (Dam­ron, “Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/19).

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