Musical chairs in South Florida congressional districts
Former U.S Senate candidate Adam Hasner announced Wednesday he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the district currently represented by Rep. Allen West, who earlier announced that he will run for Rep. Tom Rooney’s seat, who in turn will run for reelection in another district.
Hasner, who is also a former GOP Florida House Majority Leader, announced his “intention to run as the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 22nd Congressional District of Florida. My friend Congressman Allen West and I spoke last night, and he offered me his counsel, and I am honored to accept his endorsement in this race. Allen West’s service to our nation did not end when he left the US Army; it continues everyday he leads in the United States House.”
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Senate candidate Connie Mack‘s endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Florida primary “helped drive Mack’s opponent,” Hasner, “out of the race this week and into a congressional race in South Florida. Another GOP challenger, Craig Miller, exited to run for a congressional seat, too, leaving only former Sen. George LeMieux as a serious challenger.”
Mack and LeMieux are running for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in the November elections.
West announced “his decision to seek reelection for the United States House of Representatives in the proposed 18th Congressional District” Tuesday. In his statement, West adds that “Rooney is a statesman and has been an honorable public servant to the constituents of Florida’s 16th Congressional district.”
According to Shark Tank, a conservative media outlet, “Rooney will be running for re-election in a newly proposed congressional district that stretches from Martin County to Charlotte County on west coast of state.”