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Former GOP state Rep. Carl Domino says he’s running for Murphy’s congressional seat

by George Bennett | July 1st, 2013


After months of waters-testing, former Republican state Rep. Carl Domino of Jupiter said today he’s definitely running for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

Murphy is a top GOP target because he narrowly defeated Republican Rep. Allen West in 2012 and his district is one of only nine in the U.S. that chose a Democratic House member while voting for Mitt Romney last year.

Domino said he’ll file papers this week. He’ll join announced Republican candidates Ellen Andel (the vice mayor of Juno Beach) and Alan Schlesinger (a former GOP Senate nominee in Connecticut) in what could become a crowded GOP race.

Other Republicans who have shown interest in running include former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, state Rep. Gayle Harrell, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest and Martin County businessman Gary Uber.

Domino was elected four times to the state House, serving from 2002 to 2010. He also lost state House primaries in 2000 and 2012 and a bitter GOP Senate primary in 2010.

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s top recruiter has estimated that challenging Murphy will cost between $3 million and $5 million. Domino listed his net worth at $24.3 million in 2011 and poured more than $1.3 million of his own money into his four winning and three losing campaigns.

9 Responses to “Former GOP state Rep. Carl Domino says he’s running for Murphy’s congressional seat”

  1. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Domino should fade into obscurity.

  2. Whatever Says:

    No one cares. Domino can’t beat Murphy, the NRCC knows it and I bet they are fit to be tied. Heck, Carl couldn’t even beat Bogdanovich who couldn’t even beat Maria “I don’t know where I live” Sachs. What a bunch of hacks.

  3. TrafficAvenger Says:

    I am very comfortable with Mr. Murphy representing me in congress and feel the last thing we need there is another member of the G.O.P. to give away my freedoms to the corporate world.

    Mr. West was someone who thrived in the world of disrespecting others and that is the way of the G.O.P. and is not the way of compromise and good governing.

    Best of luck to Congressman Murphy and thank you for the job you are doing.

  4. Janet M. Says:

    I thought Domino already faded into obscurity. His time is done.

  5. Reality Bites Says:

    Now that the Democrats have spoken, it is clear that the Murphy District was won by Romney by a very good margin and West ran behind him because…well he was Allen West. Murphy is trying his best to appear bi partisan and he is making a good effort. But it will be off year in 2014– no Obama turn out. Christ will be weakened with little intensity of turnout-Scott will do better than expected–particularly in that District, The issues as of July 1,2013 are more favorable to get a good Republican vote out there– may change by 2014– but I would bet not much. domino has name recognition, many good issues up there– and strong help. be a good race

  6. just the man needed Says:

    carl domino is a self made man. the people of his district would be smart to vote him in

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