January 20th, 2014
09:48 AM ET
7 months ago

Christie: 'I haven't enjoyed the last 11 days'

(CNN) - Chris Christie told a large group of Republican donors that he's "being tested" by a couple of controversies that have the embattled New Jersey governor fighting to regain his political momentum.

Christie's comments came Sunday night, as he met with some of the GOP's top financial backers, a meeting that could be critical for Christie as he seriously considers a run for the White House in 2016. And according to one attendee at the private get-together at the home of Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, Christie was received warmly by the donors.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Florida • New Jersey • RGA
Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida
January 18th, 2014
11:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida

(CNN) - As scandal threatens to envelop Gov. Chris Christie back in New Jersey, he's spending the weekend in Florida, helping Republican Gov. Rick Scott fundraise around the state.

It’s been more than a week since allegations that a massive traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee was the result of road closures on George Washington Bridge as political retaliation from Christie's team against the town’s mayor.

Christie's weekend is packed with stops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. But it will be hard to say whether the scandal has dampened his star power, as all the meetings are closed-door.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Florida • Rick Scott
David Jolly wins GOP primary for special election in House race
January 14th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
7 months ago

David Jolly wins GOP primary for special election in House race

(CNN) – Candidate David Jolly will be the Republican nominee in a special election to fill a vacant House seat in Florida that was held by the GOP for decades.

"It is with great respect...that I accept your nomination to be the #Republican Candidate to represent #Pinellas County,” Jolly wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Florida • House
Governor to appoint Florida’s first Hispanic lieutenant governor
January 14th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
7 months ago

Governor to appoint Florida’s first Hispanic lieutenant governor

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott tapped Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the Miami-Dade county property appraiser, to fill the state’s vacant lieutenant governor’s office on Tuesday. By accepting the position, the Republican becomes the first Hispanic lieutenant governor in Florida history.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Scott to serve Floridians as their Lieutenant Governor,” Lopez-Cantera said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience with small businesses and government tax reform to help further Governor Scott’s mission of economic growth and job creation.”

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Filed under: Florida
Primary day in crucial House contest
January 14th, 2014
07:25 AM ET
7 months ago

Primary day in crucial House contest

(CNN) - Republican voters in a swing district in a purple state head to the polls Tuesday, to choose their party's nominee for a special election to fill a vacant House seat their party's held for decades.

Tuesday's GOP primary in Florida's 13th congressional district will set the stage for a March special election that some political pundits are billing as barometer for November's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bill Young • Florida
GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments
January 3rd, 2014
01:29 PM ET
8 months ago

GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments

(CNN) - Republican groups blasted former Florida governor - and current gubernatorial hopeful - Charlie Crist on Friday for switching his position on same-sex marriage.

Their criticism comes in the wake of Crist's apology for his previous support of Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Same-sex marriage
Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress
December 19th, 2013
04:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress

Updated 6:54 p.m., 12/19/2013

(CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, left a rehab facility in Florida on Thursday, expressed remorse and said he planned to return to Washington to continue serving in Congress.

"I love what I do and I'm going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C., which is working for you and your family while I relish mine," Radel said at a news conference in Cape Coral, Florida.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'
December 12th, 2013
09:11 AM ET
8 months ago

Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'

(CNN) - Bob Barker is taking sides in a Republican primary for a vacant U.S. House seat in Florida.

The former longtime host of "The Price is Right" stars in a new TV commercial for David Jolly, who is running to succeed his one-time boss, the late Rep. Bill Young, who died earlier in October.

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Filed under: Florida • House of Representatives
Chairman of Florida GOP calls on Rep. Trey Radel to step down
November 25th, 2013
09:51 PM ET
9 months ago

Chairman of Florida GOP calls on Rep. Trey Radel to step down

(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida called on U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor cocaine possession, to step down in a statement released Monday night.

"The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida. Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family," said Chairman Lenny Curry.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Florida poll: Clinton, Bush neck-and-neck
November 22nd, 2013
08:42 AM ET
9 months ago

Florida poll: Clinton, Bush neck-and-neck

(CNN) - In the crucial swing state of Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be the top contender among a crop of potential GOP presidential candidates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite for Democratic voters, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that if the two were to square off in an election held today, Clinton would barely edge out Bush, 47%-45%.
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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Polls
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