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Former Rubio aide tests water in busy House race



Richard Corcoran, former chief of staff to House Speaker Marco Rubio, is making the rounds to feel out support for a run for the Florida House seat now held by Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin. Corcoran, spotted in Pasco County government offices on Thursday, said he's not officially in the race.

"I think it’s way too early to make any determination," said Corcoran, an attorney who is on the state's Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.

But he's already got company in the race in District 45, which includes parts of Pinellas and Pasco counties. Pasco School Board member Kathryn Starkey is nearly certain to run after making her own rounds in Tallahassee this month. Anderson cannot run again because of term limits.

Corcoran, who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in 2007, met today with seven-term County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who said she told him she's backing Starkey. But Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said he will support his longtime friend Corcoran if Corcoran decides to run. Other likely backers include Sheriff Bob White and Ed Collins, a former county commissioner.

By the way, Corcoran said he is living in the Longleaf neighborhood -- a Starkey family development.

David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:44am]


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