John Russell to face Ginny Brown-Waite for Congress in the 5th Congressional District09/08/06
John Russell wins Democratic Nomination for Congress for District 5
On Tuesday night, Dade City registered nurse practitioner and Democratic party firebrand John Russell won the race for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Floridaâ€™s 5th Congressional District.
He will now face Ginny Brown-Waite in November.
This was John Russellâ€™s 2nd try for office. In an interview with WMNF today, the 50 year old Russell says he knows it wonâ€™t be easy to defeat the Republican incumbent, but plans on making it an exciting 2 months before the November 7th election. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?difficult time doing soâ€?)
Florida's 5th Congressional District comprises all of or parts of Pasco County, Hernando County, Lake County, Citrus County, Levy County, Marion County. It was re-drawn by Republicans after the latest census in 2002, which no doubt contributed to Ginny Brown-Waite defeating at the time Democratic incumbent Karen Thurman, now the State Democratic Party Chairwoman.
But Russell says heâ€™s heard directly from Republicans in the District who will vote for him in November (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?the direction of this countryâ€?)
Ginny Brown-Wait has NOT necessarily been a rubber stamp for President Bushâ€™s policies, differing substantially from him regarding his stances on immigration and the the Arab group, Dubai Ports World, buying several American seaportsâ€¦.But on most other issues, she is in lockstep with the President. Democratic Congressional candidate John Russell says heâ€™ll link Brown-Waite with the President (roll tape#3 â€œin District 5â€?)
To learn more about John Russellâ€™s candidacy, go to the web at johnrussellforcongress.com