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Grayson gets another GOP challenger -- state Rep. Kurt Kelly



State Rep. Kurt Kelly of Ocala, left, said today he'll challenge Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson.

“The people of Central Florida deserve a congressman with a business background who knows that money spent by the federal government in Washington isn’t play money, but rather hard-earned money taken out of each of our paychecks,” Kelly said in a news release.

Kelly may enjoy name recognition in Ocala, but the bulk of the district is in Orlando. And there are several other GOP candidates, including former Miamian Armando Gutierrez. The lack of an obvious front-runner could hurt Republican hopes to take out the freshman Grayson, an avatar of the left and made-for-cable politics.

Thanks to the Buzz archives, we can relive Kelly's musical side. On the day Ray Sansom was nominated as speaker, Kelly played guitar and sang America The Beautiful.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:12pm]


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