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UPDATE: Former Fla Christian Coalition leader to run again for House

by Dara Kam | January 6th, 2010

baxleyFormer Florida Christian Coalition leader Dennis Baxley confirmed he is running for re-election to the state House.

Baxley, a conservative Republican from Ocala, served in the state House from 2000-2008 and as the executive director of the Christian Coalition until May.

The funeral director raised eyebrows prior to the presidential election when he told The Miami Herald how he and other Christians perceived then-candidate Barack Obama: “He’s pretty scary to us.”

Baxley is running for his old District 24 seat because incumbent Rep. Kurt Kelly has jumped into the race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a liberal Democrat who defeated a four-term incumbent Republican in his election to Congress last year.

Grayson catapulted to national fame with his tongue-in-cheek characterization of the GOP health care reform as “Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.”

Republicans are hoping to win Grayson’s seat back and the race for Congressional District 8 seat is likely to be one of the most closely watched in 2010.

“It’s a big challenge. Congressman Grayson’s become very visible and very positionable. I’m very proud that Kurt’s willing to take on that challenge to try to win that seat back for the Republicans,” Baxley said in a telephone interview this afternoon. “If he can go and accomplish something that difficult I ought to go back to work and try to help our economy again.”

Baxley said his main priority will be job creation to help the state’s out-of-work residents like the 18,000 in his district.

“We really need a primary focus on making an economic climate change for Florida,” he said.

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7 Responses to “UPDATE: Former Fla Christian Coalition leader to run again for House”

  1. Cynical Idealist Says:

    Clearly, the R’s have run out of gas if they have to recycle the same old tired candidates….

  2. Paul Ferguson Says:

    I am not sure why anyone should have been surprised with Dennis said Obama scared Christians. I am not a right winger at all, but he sure as hell scared me and does more each and every day. he is my president, btu his policies are the most radical of my lifetime.

  3. houses for rent in ocala florida Says:

    We do need to focus on our economy and education in Florida more than anything. We need to stimulate the housing market in order to fix the economy.

  4. Dirigo Says:

    Just what Florida needs at this time with the state run into the ditch by the very people who profess to be “religious” and “all knowing” about how to get Floridians working again without having to take stimulus money, of course! These clowns are a riot to watch aren’t they? Haven’t we had about enough of the Rightwing Religious Right and their recipe for disaster? How about the GOP finding somebody with some gray matter between the ears and isn’t a Johnny One Note.

  5. Ranger Says:

    Dennis has integrity. You may not like his church, but you know he will be honest. Florida is in a lot of trouble because of RINOs raiding the cash drawyer.
    New Housing is not the answer, but moving the present inventory will help.
    We need practical jobs.
    I propose to build a AUTOBAHN 2.0, an unlimited speed highway with the latest technology. That will get our car dealers, engineers, and commercial builders busy all at once.
    The road can be financed with bonds pledged from tolls. No new taxes. Just the speculation about such a new high tech road will drive up housing prices.

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  7. Houses for rent in Golders Green Says:

    All estate agents in the Golders Green area will vote for Dennis Baxley if he will make the houses for rent in golders green cheaper.

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