Dan Webster to run in new congressional seat
U.S. Rep. Dan Webster intends to run in the Congressional District 11 seat now held by Rep. Richard Nugent of Hernando County, setting the stage for a tough primary between Webster and Nugent's chosen successor and former chief of staff, Justin Grabelle.
Webster's Orlando-area district become considered more Democratic-leaning through redistricting, but he is no stranger to District 11. The former Florida House Speaker and Florida Senate majority leader has represented about 30 percent of the newly drawn District 11, including most of Lake and part of Marion counties. The district includes also includes all or part of Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties.
"I'm running for another term in Congress because there is still much to be done to reform the process and fix what is broken in Washington,” Webster said in an email. “For the past five years, I have fought to change the power based, staff-driven Congressional process into one based upon principles. Last year, I ran for Speaker against John Boehner and the powerful Washington establishment because I believe that our country deserves a legislative process that works.”
Grabelle released a statement saying, "I'm proud to have the support of our community and look forward to being their voice in Congress. Our country needs strong, conservative leaders who are willing to take a stand. Unfortunately, Washington has a tendency to change people. Career politicians seem to be more concerned with Washington’s inner workings than getting results for the people they represent. Quite frankly, our community doesn't care about Washington's petty political games. They want results."