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Former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald announces he's running against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan



07_02_keithfitzgerald.jpgFormer state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald announced this morning he'll challenge U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan for the 13th Congressional District. Fitzgerald, a Democrat and professor at New College of Florida, said:

"Instead of focusing on creating jobs or helping families struggling to make ends meet, Congressman Vern Buchanan has tried to end Medicare and protect tax giveaways for big oil while running from one scandal to the next,” said Fitzgerald.  “His tarnished leadership in a perfect example of what is wrong with Washington, and it’s time for him to go."

As noted by the Buzz a few days ago, Fitzgerald has a big challenge. Buchanan is a millionaire and an established Republican player in Washington, with a spot on the influential Ways and Means Committee. But Fitzgerald and Democrats are counting on the negative attention Buchanan has gotten recently over his fundraising.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:51am]


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