Mike Bennett's congressional campaign
Mike Bennett successfully pushed to make voters work harder to get to the polls. But in the past the 66-year-old state senator sometimes skipped the trip himself.
Bennett led the charge to repeal Florida's 25-year-old growth management rules, contending the only way to revive the economy was by cutting government control over the real estate industry. But his next big real estate sale may be to the government.
Bennett, a Bradenton developer, has spent the past 11 years in the Legislature — two in the House, nine in the Senate, climbing to the upper ranks of the Republican leadership. Now, having hit his term limit in Tallahassee, he has filed papers to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.
But first Bennett is hoping that during redistricting his friends in the Legislature will change the boundaries of Castor's district so he won't have to move from his $1 million waterfront home.