Ed Hooper endorses Kevin Hayslett for CD 13 GOP Primary
Hayslett faces three other candidates in the GOP Primary.
State Senator Ed Hooper approved Kevin Haysett in Florida’s 13th congressional district as he runs for the GOP nomination.
Hooperhimself a candidate for re-election, was first elected to the Senate to represent the district of Clearwater after a narrow victory against the Democrats Amanda Murphy in 2018, which helped the GOP maintain its stronghold in the Senate. He previously served four terms in the House before stepping down in 2014 due to term limits. Hooper resides in CD 13.
“As someone who represents Pinellas County in the Florida Senate, I can’t think of anyone better than Kevin Hayslett to represent Pinellas County in Congress,” Hooper said in a statement. “As a former prosecutor, Kevin not only has the knowledge needed in Washington, but also the courage to stand up for what is right.”
Hooper’s endorsement is the latest in a list of prominent Republican supporters of Hayslett, including most recently house tenant Chris Sprows. Sprows joins Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Sheriff of Polk County Grady Judd to support the former prosecutor.
“Every day it becomes more and more clear that the (Jo) Biden the administration and the Democrats in Washington must be held accountable and checked. As a member of Congress, I will do just that,” Hayslett said in a statement. “We need leadership, we need accountability, and we need to start putting America first again.”
Hayslett launched her campaign in late January. He confronts an Air Force veteran Anna Paulina Moonrepublican strategist Amanda Makki and Christine Quinn in the Republican primary. Makki lost the Republican primary to Luna in 2020.
The district, which changed due to redistricting, now extends further north into the traditionally red parts of Pinellas County and eliminates parts of St. Petersburg, the largest city in the currently drawn district and a Democratic stronghold. That left a Democratic nominee – former barack obama administration official Eric Lynne – In the race.
Candidates are running to replace the outgoing US Democratic representative. charlie christ as he runs for governor.