Anna Paulina Luna announces congressional bid in FL CD-13

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Luna was a firebrand last year when she ran and it doesn't appear that's going to change in round 2.

You may remember her for wielding a flamethrower in a pro-2nd Amendment ad. Or maybe, you remember the reoccurring red sports car. Perhaps, even, it was the public endorsement from former President Donald Trump that may ring a bell.

Whatever it may be, get ready for more.

Anna Paulina Luna has announced another congressional campaign in hopes of flipping Florida’s 13th Congressional District red, about six months after her loss to incumbent Charlie Crist.

“I said in November that it wasn’t the end of the road for me because patriotism and public service are lifelong endeavors and today I’m proud to announce that I’m back and am running for Congress in 2022,” Luna said in a statement. 

Despite an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Crist last November, she was notably the most formidable challenger to the incumbent since his initial election.

Luna made headlines as a vocal Trump supporter with a brazen attitude toward guns and political opponents, like Crist — rhetoric she seems intent on keeping as she heads into 2022. 

“Voters will reject the liberal elite’s race-baiting politics, their betrayals of American workers, families, and law-enforcement officers, and their open borders, tax and spend, anti-America agenda,” Luna said in her announcement. It’s time for career politicians and Nancy Pelosi puppets like Charlie Crist to pack their bags. We are sending them home in 2022.”

In announcing her campaign, the 31-year-old Air Force veteran seems to be reiterating similar campaign rhetoric — specifically, blasting Crist by sending out a mock resume of the Congressman.

The fake document pokes fun at Crist, noting his objective as “Invent myself again in order to advance my career as a politician and remain in public office for life.” The jabs continues — as a member of Congress, he’s called a “Proud Pelosi Puppet & Far-Left Lapdog.”

However, it’s unclear who will become Luna’s new target as Crist has his sight set on the Governor’s seat in 2022.

Despite losing to the incumbent, Luna has proved herself a successful fundraiser, outraising Crist in the final days heading up to the election. The newcomer managed to rake in more than $3.27 million during her campaign, a number that made defeating even a well-funded politician like Crist look doable.

Luna will likely start the race as a GOP favorite, with her life experience providing a different option than a typical, run-of-the-mill politician. She is using what sets her apart to her advantage — she identifies with the traditional democratic base and urban communities in ways a lot of Republicans lack.

While her campaign was unable to convince Pinellas County voters the first time around, the urban voting blocs will be essential to boost her cross-over appeal. But she could also get a boost from redistricting. With 2020 U.S. Census counts now in, it’s unclear what that will mean for CD 13’s boundaries. Political insiders suspect it’s possible the district could shift northward, a move that could shift the blue-leaning district to Republicans’ favor.

The district was under GOP control for more than four decades before Crist nabbed it, thanks largely to redistricting that shifted the voter registration advantage to Democrats. Now, the party is anxious for a chance to win it back.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


7 comments

  • John

    May 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Don’t be fooled by this amnesty/open border RHINO. Latins vote for their boarder crashing culture.

    • Patrick

      May 5, 2021 at 8:23 am

      She’s not an open border Rino , do you honestly believe the Republican Party will survive like this no we need to diversify our electorate , Hispanics are needed to destroy the Democratic Party open borders and democratic policies need to be stopped we need to fix the broken system and be appealing to minorities that way Democrats will lose every single time . As a Hispanic Conservative you are very wrong sir .

    • Art

      May 8, 2021 at 10:49 pm

      Anna is no Rino. I have been following her on social media and she’s against open borders and amnesty. She was even endorsed by Matt Gaetz in the primary and President Trump.

      • Kenneth P Letson

        May 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

        Could not have better said it myself!

        • Kenneth P Letson

          May 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

          Could not have better said it myself!……..What Art said!

  • Jim33707

    May 5, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Glad to see that Anna Paulina Luna will be running in 2022. CD-13 needs a Congressional representative that will fight against the continued erosion of our Constitutional rights.

    Charlie Crist was just another Pelosi hand-puppet.

  • Camille

    May 7, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Really this is comical. As a lifelong resident of this district and a Republican can my party not do better than this carpet bagger? She disappears on her self promotion tour and now that it’s election time is back on the seen!!!
    We don’t want AOC Luna don’t force us to abstain from voting.

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