Dan Webster To Announce D08 Congressional Run?

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By David Damron
Orlando Sentinel

Rumors persist that former state Sen. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, is going to jump into the Republican primary to take on U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Webster is keeping mum for the moment, but an email is circulating that appears to come from his wife — and is being posted on Facebook sites — that invites supporters to turn out tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Ocoee for a “major political announcement” from Webster on the District 8 congressional seat.

Webster would upend a packed GOP primary field that’s seen nearly a dozen conservatives vying to take on the fiery Grayson. This could prove most troublesome for Winter Park businessman Bruce O’Donoghue, a political unknown locally who nonetheless enjoys the backing of Washington GOP party brokers and some of the bigger local establishment Republicans, such as Toni Jennings and Mel Martinez.  Webster could split those loyalties — and donors.

Here’s a copy of the email, which Dan Webster confirmed this afternoon came from a joint account of the senator and his wife, Sandy:

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 12:24 AM
Subject: Fw: important announcement

Dear Family and Friends-Our family would like to invite you to attend a major political announcement by Daniel Webster concerning Congressional District 8, currently held by Alan Grayson.The event will take place THIS THURSDAY, April 22, at 5:30 pm, at the corner of West Highway 50 and Good Homes Road in Ocoee.There is a new Walgreens on the corner. We will meet next to the football field at Central Florida Christian Academy, just behind Walgreens. You can park at the church, or there are parking spaces at the unopened Walgreens.Please pass this e-mail along to others, or make phone calls to your friends. It is important that we have as many people there as possible.Thank you so much,Sandy

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