Tony Mowry confronts James Buchanan about district-hopping
Democrat Tony Mowry started off a Tiger Bay forum in Sarasota by attacking Republican opponent James Buchanan’s perpetual candidacy.
“He’s a wealthy politician looking to buy his way into office,” said Mowry. “It makes me angry he thinks he can run in multiple parts of the county after trying his hand in multiple districts.”
The swipe referenced the fact Buchanan in February lost a special election in Florida House District 72 to Democrat Margaret Good. Buchanan ran in that race after initially filing to run in District 71, but then changing seats after the resignation of state Rep. Alex Miller.
Now he’s running in District 74.
But Buchanan, who grew up in the district, said he never expected to find himself running in three districts within two years.
“When I ran in District 72, it was a humbling experience, an incredible experience,” he told Florida Politics. “I wasn’t planning on running again.”
But after incumbent state Rep. Julio Gonzalez made clear intentions to run for retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s Congressional seat, Buchanan said people asked him to run again.
“This isn’t something I was planning to do,” he said.