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Ric Keller Wants to Return to Congress

April 14, 2016 - 9:00am
Ric Keller
Ric Keller

Former U.S. Rep. Ric Keller, R-Fla., is looking to make a political comeback, setting his sights on a return to Congress. 

Florida Politics reported on Thursday that Keller is running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is leaving the House after two terms to run for the Senate. 

“I am running for Congress because Washington is dysfunctional, our country is headed in the wrong direction, and we’ve been betrayed by the Republican establishment,” said Keller. “I have been completely outside of government for the entire Obama administration, and there is one thing I know for sure: American is not broken, Washington is broken. To get back on track, we need to do three things: build the wall, pass a balanced budget amendment, and completely destroy ISIS.”

Florida Politics reported Keller had reeled in some prominent supporters including Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders and Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker.

First elected to Congress in 2000 over Democrat Linda Chapin, during his eight years in Congress, Keller served on the House  Education and the Workforce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Keller chaired the  Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee. While he represented a swing district, Keller was considered one of the more conservative members of the Florida delegation and, generally, kept his seat with impressive margins. 

But that changed in 2008 when Keller broke his promise to serve only four terms. Keller faced a Republican primary challenger in Todd Long who bashed him for breaking his promise. In November, Keller lost to Democrat Alan Grayson. 

Keller joins a crowded primary field which includes state Reps. Fred Costello  and David Santiago, businessman G.G. Galloway, former police officer James Jusick, conservative activist Patrick Mooney and Navy veteran and Republican leader Brandon Patty. 

After the latest round of congressional redistricting, the district loses the northern part of St. Johns County and contains all of Flagler and Volusia counties, the eastern part of Lake County and the southern part of  St. Johns County. 

Comments

Why is it that so many lawyers are hell bent on becoming politicians in DC aka. congress senators, and everything is so screwed up???? Todd Wilcox failing to sign a term limit commitment? He calls himself an outsider, sounds like another career politician to me like the rest of the field.

Nice guy. Bad Congressman. Stay in your law practice Rick.

Whatsamatter "Ric", can't find a free barber outside of the "Halls"?!? Stay home, we're trying to get rid of all the "retreads". ( Where did you "reel in those two prominent supporters"),.. at a "jury duty" showup ?

Here is a hint. Don't vote for any white male named Rick who spells it Ric. A bad sign.

Got that right! GO TRUMP!

ANY other candidate would be better than career minded Rick Keller! He was a non responsive to his constituents when he promised to run only for two terms, but then ran for more! His word is no good, causing many to believe the worst in him. For certain, he'll NEVER be able to fix a broken Washington. There will be more candidates to brush him aside and I'm hopeful no one will pay him any mind! GO TRUMP!

Why doesn't SSN force this guy, Frederick to purchase advertising instead of allowing him to take up so much space with his notes having NOTHING to do with the articles?

Thank you for making more space and deleting Charlie's wasteful post!

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