Keith Fitzgerald for Congress in the Florida 13th

Keith Fitzgerald for Congress
Keith is running for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

He is going up against Vern Buchanan, a guy who is more notorious for his corruption and graft than his Congressional record.

This is going to be one hell of a match.

I can’t wait.

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If there is a blog out there that has covered the political career of Keith Fitzgerald more than this one, I don’t know about it.  The Spencerian was there from day one.

Of course, I come to the table from a very personal place.  You see, Keith is the one who introduced me to Duncan.  And Duncan is the one who managed his successful campaign in 2006, and again in 2008.  She was his Legislative Aide, too, until Emeline was born.

So you can see how Keith and Angela and the kids are a lot more like family than just another political gig.

Florida’s 13th Congressional District is personal to me, too.  Keith is the political science professor I talked to in 2002 about Jan Schneider’s first campaign for that seat.  I learned at lot in that race — I learned a lot from Keith.

I’m please to see that his announcement today got a lot of play.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the coverage:

Coverage from Jeremy Wallace and the Sarasota Herald Tribune is here, and here.

Then read Wallace’s piece, Five key factors that will decide Buchanan-Fitzgerald race

The Bradenton Herald

The Statement from the Florida Democrats

The Florida Independent


Sunshine State News

This got a bit of national play.  Here’s the link to the story in The Hill.  And here’s the link to the Washington Independent story.

Read those stories.

And then visit Keith’s Facebook page, hit “like”.  Follow him for campaign updates on Twitter (@GoFitzGo)

Visit and sign up for updates.

And please make a donation if you can. Like I said before — Buchanan’s a millionaire.  He’ll throw as much money at this as he needs to.  Keith is going to need our help.

After the embarrassment of Katherine Harris, after the corruption of Vern Buchanan, don’t you think it’s time for the people of the 13th Congressional District to have real representation in Washington, DC?

From Keith’s statement today:

Keith Fitzgerald is running because he believes political leaders in Congress have failed miserably when it comes to standing up for hard working American families, creating jobs, lowering the deficit, and honoring our nation’s seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. In announcing his candidacy, Keith Fitzgerald pledged to run his campaign, and serve in Congress, with the honesty and integrity Floridians and Americans expect in their members of congress.

“Getting our country back on track will require electing leaders who can work across the aisle to create jobs, grow our economy and invest in the future of our fellow Americans who just want a fair chance to get ahead,” said Keith Fitzgerald. “I’ve worked with small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, to improve the lives of seniors and families here in Sarasota and along the Suncoast, and I want to take that same pragmatic approach to Washington.”

In the state legislature, Fitzgerald was a watchdog for taxpayer dollars, who fought to take on corruption and make government more accountable. He partnered with business leaders to create jobs and cut taxes; and worked across the aisle to provide tax cuts for small businesses who invest in green technology. Fitzgerald worked tirelessly to protect Florida’s coast from offshore drilling and was a leader committed to making critical investments in Florida’s educational system.

“Instead of focusing on creating jobs or helping families struggling to make ends meet, Congressman Vern Buchanan has tried to end Medicare and protect tax giveaways for big oil while running from one scandal to the next,” said Fitzgerald. “His tarnished leadership in a perfect example of what is wrong with Washington, and it’s time for him to go.

“I am running to be the independent leader that the Suncoast can count on. I am going to stand up for the hopes and dreams of Floridians in the coming months, and share my vision for a strong economy by creating jobs right here at home and moving America forward.”

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Let’s get going.  Let’s help Keith.  Let’s get the people of Florida’s 13th Congressional District the Member of Congress they deserve.

Keith is running for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

He is going up against Vern Buchanan, a guy who is more notorious for his corruption and graft than his Congressional record.

This is going to be one hell of a match.

I can’t wait.

cross-posted at the Spencerian.


About Benjamin Kirby

Benjamin J. Kirby has worked in Democratic politics, federal and local government, and issue advocacy for nearly twenty years. Currently he is the Communications Manager for a special taxing authority in Pinellas County, Florida which provides critical services to at-risk youth and underprivileged families. He has served in the non-profit sector, working for a healthcare education organization seeking to serve kidney patients and their families. He was also the Communications Director for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), an education and advocacy group dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Before healthcare education and advocacy, he served in staff and volunteer capacities in political campaigns, most recently volunteering for the successful Keith Fitzgerald for State House (69th District, Florida) campaign in 2006, and his subsequent 2008 and 2010 campaigns. He advised Greg Galligan for State Senate (39th District, Virginia) in 2003 and conducted research for the successful Mark Sickles for Delegate (43rd District, Virginia) campaign, also in 2003. In 2002, he served as Field Director for Arkansas' first female gubernatorial nominee, Jimmie Lou Fisher, and as Campaign Manager for Jan Schneider’s first bid against Katherine Harris for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. His first campaign was with the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign of 1992 in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. During the Clinton Administration, Benjamin served as the first Public Affairs Officer of the United States Parole Commission within the U.S. Department of Justice, where he developed the Commission’s first website. In 1998, he developed a website for the First Lady’s White House Millennium Council. He worked for more than five years serving two Drug Czars as an Administrative Assistant and Scheduler in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also held a variety of research and administrative positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Presidential Personnel. Benjamin is seeking publication for his first novel, a love story set against the backdrop of the violent criminal underworld. In addition, he will soon be finishing several humorous essays reflecting on his service in the Clinton Administration. He is also the editor and publisher of The Spencerian, a political blog ( His fiction has been published in WordWrights! Magazine, and Apathy, a literary magazine. Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin now lives in Gulfport, Florida with his wife and daughter. While working for the Clinton Administration, Benjamin went to school in the evening, and received an undergraduate degree in Political Communication from George Mason University.
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