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Opening campaign against Radel, Paige Kreegel says voters need 'sober' representation



Paige Kreegel formally began his campaign to defeat fellow Republican Trey Radel, declaring that Southwest Florida voters should expect a "congressman without distractions, a congressman they can trust.”

Kreegel, a former state legislator, is the first candidate to emerge to take on Radel, though others are expected. State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto is interested and has begun TV ads that appear designed to lift her profile in the district.

In a statement from his campaign Kreegel said he would focus on Obamacare and the budget. “From ObamaCare to Washington’s out-of-control spending to the breaches of national security, the issues facing our country are serious matters that deserves serious, sober representation,” he said. “Southwest Florida should expect a Congressman who can lead, a Congressman without distractions, a Congressman they can trust.”

Radel, busted in D.C. for buying cocaine, returns to work today.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:41pm]


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