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).
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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