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Gutierrez drops out of GOP race against Alan Grayson



Gutierrez "Go" Gutierrez has gone -- to chase the field of dreams.

The fresh-faced Republican dropped out of the Congressional District 8 race today to try to bring a professional baseball team to Orlando.

“When I first mentioned baseball, I knew it would become an important economic driver and tax base for Central Florida. What I didn’t realize was the underlying hunger and fan fever for a team. Today, I announce that I am withdrawing my bid for Congress and putting on my baseball cap,” Armando Gutierrez said in a statement.

Gutierrez had been pumping up his fundraising skills and a stream of endorsements. But he lacked support as the leading candidate from national Republicans, who are eager to reclaim the seat from Democrat Alan Grayson of Orlando. He also faced carpetbagger criticism, having recently moved to Orlando from Miami.

Yesterday, businessman Bruce O’Donoghue became the latest entrant in the GOP primary.

Grayson offered a typically bullish reaction to today's news: “I said before, ‘Nobody wants to run against us.’ Well, it turns out that even the nobodies don’t want to run against us."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:17pm]


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