Florida 8: Eisnaugle Declines To Run

November 11, 2009 · 4:04 PM EST

State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle is the latest Republican candidate to decline to run against freshman Rep. Alan Grayson (D) in Florida’s 8th District. Eisnaugle is expected to make an official announcement soon, according to GOP sources.

Businessman Bruce O’Donoghue (R) and state Rep. Kurt Kelly (R) are still considering their options.

Young developer Armando Gutierrez is already in the race and has created a bit of a splash by garnering some quick congressional endorsements from inside and outside the state. But Gutierrez just moved to the district from Miami and it’s clear that national House GOP strategists are looking elsewhere.