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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement.

Alex is a graduate of Ithaca College (journalism/anthropology) and began his career at the Valley News in New Hampshire. Alex was born in La Crosse, Wis., and raised in upstate New York along with six brothers and sisters. He lives in Washington.

Phone: (202) 306-4807

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

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  1. Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina

    Blog

    Rick Santorum started it. Chris Christie kicked down the door. And the voters of New Hampshire finished the job.

    A disastrous series of events in New Hampshire engulfed Marco Rubio and sent him to South Carolina stripped of momentum and vulnerable.

    Rubio tried to smile through the aftermath of his robotic answers at the Saturday debate. He defended his performance and doubled down on his message so hard that he had another scripted moment Monday evening in Nashua....

  2. Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina

    State Roundup

    Rick Santorum started it. Chris Christie kicked down the door. And the voters of New Hampshire finished the job.

    A damaging series of events in New Hampshire engulfed Marco Rubio and sent him to South Carolina stripped of momentum and vulnerable.

    Rubio tried to smile through the aftermath of his robotic answers at the Saturday debate. He defended his performance and doubled down on his message so hard that he had another scripted moment Monday evening in Nashua....

    Rubio walks through the snow after stopping to thank supporters in New Hampshire, but his missteps in Saturday’s debate and in its aftermath appear to have cost him.
  3. Florida firm expands to Washington under direction of former Kendrick Meek aide

    Blog

    A Florida-based political and public relations firms is expanding to Washington under the director of a former aide to Kendrick Meek.

    Prime Strategies is an extension of Floridian Partners, a lobbying firm with a presence in Tallahassee and south Florida. It will offer "business consulting, public relations, crisis management, global affairs and government relations services with a national and international reach," according to a release....

  4. Rubio blames himself (and the media) for New Hampshire

    Blog

    Marco Rubio hit the TV circuit Wednesday morning and attributed his poor showing to the debate meltdown and the media attention that followed.

    "What happened is obviously Saturday night, the debate went the way it went and then the media coverage over the last 72 hours was very negative about it and so forth," he said on Fox & Friends. "So the last thing that voters heard before going into the booth or yesterday was, you know, something bad happened on Saturday night. So it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across."...

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and his sons Anthony and Dominick walk across the tarmac before departing Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. Rubio placed fifth in the New Hampshire primary, behind fellow GOP candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, who swept away the competition with 35 percent of the vote.
  5. George W. Bush vouches for Jeb in new ad

    Blog

    Former President George W. Bush vouches for his brother in a new radio ad for South Carolina.

  6. Bush and Rubio hit the trail in South Carolina today

    Blog

    Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio head to South Carolina today to start the next battle.

    Bush begins the day with a rally in Hilton Head, then had a town halls in Mount Pleasant and Murrells Inlet. Thursday Bush has a meet and greets in Florence and Sumter and an evening town hall in Columbia. Friday Bush has a meet and greet in Anderson and attends the Family Policy Forum in Greenville. Saturday he participates in the GOP debate....

  7. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take New Hampshire, with Jeb Bush fourth

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H.

    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    The decisive victories came at 8 p.m., right when polls closed, kicking off wild celebrations that displayed the anti-establishment mood of the 2016 election and, for now, put two unlikely candidates in command....

    Ben Carson
  8. Donald Trump wins NH, but Jeb Bush has strong night

    Blog

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    The decisive victories came at 8 p.m., right when polls closed, kicking off wild celebrations that displayed the anti-establishment mood of the 2016 election and, for now, put two unlikely candidates in command....

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's addresses his supporters at his election night party at Manchester Community College.
  9. Rubio's poor New Hampshire finish blunts his momentum

    Blog

    Rick Santorum started it. Chris Christie kicked the door wide open. And the voters of New Hampshire finished the job.

    Tuesday was a momentum killer for Marco Rubio, who finished fifth behind Jeb Bush and others. Rubio will move on to South Carolina but no longer has a claim as the establishment candidate to beat. Bush has a strong footing in South Carolina and he and his team are suddenly energized, eager to dispatch Rubio for good....

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters Tuesday night after his speech at his Republican primary night rally at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H.
  10. Jeb Bush and Marco TV spending: $124 million

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    In what has become a familiar story, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio lead all Republicans on TV spending in South Carolina. The Floridians also led in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    Bush and his Right to Rise super PAC have already spent $10.3 million ads in South Carolina, according to NBC News, which relies on data from SMG Delta. Rubio and his super PAC and dark money group have spent $9.4 million....

  11. Can Jeb Bush's ground game deliver?

    Blog

    Hundreds of Florida supporters of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush spent the last few days in New Hampshire staffing events, making phone calls and knocking on their doors. With more than 20 percent of voters saying they could change their mind today, the ground game is critical.

    And Bush seems to have an advantage. No other Republican has reached out to voters more, according to Monmouth University polling data. Thirty-one percent of likely GOP voters say they had been contact by the Bush campaign. For Rubio, it was 22 percent....

    A Rubio badge as worn by Adam Hasner in Bedford, N.H.
  12. Marco Rubio: 'It's great to be targeted'

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    Marco Rubio, appearing on Good Morning America, portrayed the shots coming at him from all sides as a sign of strength. "It's great to be targeted because it means you're doing something right."

    Rubio denied opponents have gotten inside his head. Last night he repeated another line right after saying it, amplifying "Rubio-bot" attacks. Liberals trolled Rubio on Tuesday leading to a confrontation outside a polling location....

  13. Hillary Clinton to campaign in Palm Beach County on Feb. 15

    Blog

    Hillary Clinton will campaign in Palm Beach County on Feb. 15.

    Her campaign said she "will lay out the case for why she is the only candidate who has the experience to get the job done and make a real difference in the lives of Florida families. She’ll discuss why her lifetime of experience fighting for families and getting results has prepared her to do all parts of the job of president and stop Republicans from ripping away the progress that we've made."...

  14. Rubio has another 'scripted' moment

    Blog

    Just as he was trying to move past his debate performance, Marco Rubio did this at a town hall in Nashua on Monday evening.

    The speech followed a taping of an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly who pressed Rubio on whether he's too scripted.

    ...

  15. Jeb Bush shows signs of second wind ahead of New Hampshire primary

    State Roundup

    PLAISTOW, N.H. — Jeb Bush's stump speech started to take on a defensive, pleading tone in the days following his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week.

    "I know I've been written off, I know the end is near, I know all that stuff," the onetime overwhelming favorite for the Republican presidential nomination told a couple of hundred people in a school cafeteria in Concord. "You know what gives me confidence? New Hampshire. … I trust you all. I've shown my heart. I've shown the depth of knowledge."...

    A street sign in Newmarket, N.H., reminds voters on Monday that the state’s presidential primary is today. A snowstorm that hit New Hampshire could last into early today, forecasters said.