Orlando Rep. Scott Randolph won't seek re-election
Rep. Scott Randolph, an Orlando Democrat who has been an outspoken partisan in his six years in the Legislature, won't seek re-election, he said Tuesday. He said he's leaving the House because his re-designed District 47 is comprised mostly of people he has not previously represented, and he endorsed fellow Democrat Linda Stewart as his successor.
Randolph was never shy about bashing what he viewed as an extreme right-wing political agenda in Tallahassee. The GOP leadership once reprimanded him for using the word "uterus" during floor debate on an abortion bill.
Randolph, who also serves as chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, says he'll focus on getting Democrats elected and in fighting "the radical agenda of the current legislative leadership in Tallahassee." He plans to seek the chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party in 2013. His exit further depletes the experience in the 38-member House Democratic Caucus, soon to be led by Rep. Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale.
In a statement, Randolph said: "I believe it would be unfair to those constituents for me to focus heavily on non-legislative matters, as well as unfair to the Florida Democratic Party -- should I be elected chair -- not to be exclusively focused on strengthening the party to defeat Rick Scott in 2014."