Democrats in the Sunshine State have often opted not to offer serious challenges to Republicans representing red districts across Florida. But things have changed this year as several Republican incumbents are actually facing serious challengers. These GOP incumbents are favorites but they’re going to have to work this year to keep their seats.
The morning after Democrat Margaret Good won an upset victory over Republican James Buchanan in a closely watched special election for a Sarasota state House seat, Democratic congressional candidate David Shapiro blasted out a memo declaring “Vern Buchanan woke up Wednesday in choppy political waters.”
As a lawyer who has spent years in the courtroom representing clients against insurance companies and big corporations, I was immediately struck by the imbalance of facts and spin in Congressman Vern Buchanan’s Jan. 21 guest column.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan raised $190,490 in the fourth quarter of 2017, lagging behind Democratic opponent David Shapiro in fundraising for the quarter, according to reports submitted Wednesday.