Poe to show?: Politico reports that former state Democratic chair Bob Poe is considering a congressional run

By : Billy Manes
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29dd5d2Because political season is officially upon us, we shouldn’t feel surprised when politicos we know start popping up in news feeds as newborn contenders. Bob Poe, former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and (more recently) fundraising friend of former Gov. Charlie Crist, is the latest to stick his wet finger in the wind to see if he’s going to throw his hat in the 10th Congressional District ring, according to Politico. We reached out to Poe, and he said that the notion of his candidacy is “premature,” though we all know that’s code for “independent polling.” A longtime champion of LGBT rights (along with husband Kenneth), Poe would clearly make some noise in a crowding field. He would also smile a lot. Poe likes to smile. From Marc Caputo at Politico:

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Val Demings drops out of Orange County mayoral race

By : Staff Report
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Orlando – Former Orlando police Chief Val Demings stunned many of her supporters when she announced she was ending her campaign to unseat Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on May 20, explaining that it was “not the right race at this time.”

Demings, an active supporter of LGBT rights in Orlando, announced her bid to unseat the first-term mayor in January, saying she would be representing the small businesses of Orange County—among other issues—in making sure they had a voice.

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