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Sandy Adams, in D.C., says she'll challenge Suzanne Kosmas in D24

4267State Rep. Sandy Adams has not formally entered the race for Congress but there was no surer sign she's in than seeing her in Washington this afternoon. The Orlando Republican was meeting with party officials, members of the Florida delegation and the National Rifle Association.

She was in town for a National Homeland Security Consortium meeting and decided to stick around to lay the groundwork for her bid against incumbent Democrat Suzanne Kosmas.

"Washington is out of touch with the American people," Adams said after leaving a Tex-Mex restaurant near the Capitol. "It's concerning to watch how all this money is being spent yet no one has been able to tell us how they are planning on paying for it."

Adams said her campaign paperwork is completed and in the mail and an official announcement is imminent. She has some familiar competition in the race to unseat Kosmas, who last year took the District 24 seat from GOP control.

Earlier this week, state Rep. Dorothy Hukill announced she was in the race. "That's the American way," Adams said before heading off for her NRA meeting. "The people will decide who they want to represent them."

Kosmas is getting some help in her re-election campaign. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is paying for television ads back in the Orlando area, touting her record on health care.

Rep. Alan Grayson, another Florida Democrat considered vulnerable in 2010, is also getting help from PhRMA. More here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:51pm]


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