Dingfelder responds to lawsuit filed by Hillsborough Republican

When Cl called him this afternoon, Dingfelder said he was sticking to a prepared response, which follows below:

This is exactly what people hate about partisan politics. This lawsuit is just a smokescreen to divert people’s attention from the  issues that people really care about, like jobs, our local economy, transportation and quality of life. Our campaign remains focused on these issues and is strengthened by my years of hard work & dedicated public service. I will respectfully let the attorneys hash this out  ... and in the meantime we are going to continue working hard and in November the voter’s can decide.

The same fate legally could await former Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena, who also failed to submit her paperwork in time last month.  But unlike Dingfelder, Saul-Sena has not dropped out of the race.

The lawsuit also names Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard, and interim Secretary of State Dawn Roberts, who qualified both Dingfelder and Saul-Sena on the November ballot.

Former Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder is playing it close to the vest in terms of his official reaction to a lawsuit that Hillsborough County Republican Party chair Deborah Cox-Roush warned was coming.

The Democratic candidate for Hillsborough County Commission District 1 resigned suddenly two weeks ago after he submitted his paper work late declaring his intention to resign and run for another office.  Then last week, he dropped out of the race for County Commission, but was voted back in by the Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee the following evening.

Now, as the St. Pete Times reports, a lawsuit has been filed by a Republican in the district named Brian Lothrop.

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