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Francis Rooney announces campaign for Curt Clawson's House seat

Naples businessman and major GOP fundraiser Francis Rooney announced Monday he will run for the Southwest Florida congressional seat being vacated by Curt Clawson.

“Congressman Clawson deserves strong praise for his representation of the people in the 19th Congressional District. With his decision not to seek re-election, I have decided to run for the office," Rooney said. "I have given much thought to public service and how I could help others by making use of my successful record in business, my life-long commitment to conservative values and my deep involvement in community causes. Washington is broken, and I have the skills and experience needed to challenge the status quo, bring people together and get things done. I am both humbled and heartened by the number of calls and emails received from friends in the community asking me to consider running for this seat. I am fully committed to a spirited campaign that will focus on my plans to create jobs and promote economic opportunity for Southwest Florida. We need leaders who will change Washington, and I am fully committed to providing that leadership.”

Rooney is CEO of Rooney Holdings, an investment and holding company and is owner of Manhattan Construction Group. He has deep ties to the Bush family and was appointed by President George W. Bush to be U.S. ambassador to The Holy See.

He joins Chauncey Goss, who last week announced his intentions to run for the seat and is a past candidate.

[Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 2:32pm]


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