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Democrats in debt in 5th Congressional

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July

So much for Democratic energy in 2008, at least on the Florida Nature Coast. The cast of characters competing in the Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District is broke. The winner will face U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, who sits on a $410,000 war chest and just hosted a fund-raiser Tuesday on Capitol Hill that featured House Minority Leader John Boehner. (Her opponent, who had reportedly raised in excess of $50,000 said he would drop out of the race.)

Democrat John Russell of Dade City is in the red, according to his latest report filed Saturday. Through June 30, he raised $2,396 and still holds $2,319. But he's $10,100 in the hole with personal loans. Even for Russell this is bad. At this point in his 2006 race for the Democratic nomination, he hauled in $53,565 in donations with $31,230 still on hand.

His two opponents, H. David Werder of Spring Hill and Carol Castagnero of Lakeland, both filed notices in April telling the Federal Elections Commission they raised and spent less than $5,000, the point which triggers filing requirements. "Hopefully this will change in the future this time," Werder told the FEC.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:30am]

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