Byron Donalds backs Anna Paulina Luna for CD 13 Republican nomination
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 10/16/19-Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, chairs the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

Donalds is set to join Luna at an event with Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert on Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds is endorsing Anna Paulina Luna as she faces a crowded Republican Primary roster for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Donalds, a Naples Republican, was first elected to Congress in 2020. The businessman serves Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which covers the bulk of Southwest Florida including Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero and Naples.

“Anna Paulina Luna is a constitutional conservative, USAF Veteran, and Freedom Caucus candidate. She is not only fully backed by President (Donald) Trump, but she will make a wonderful representative for the residents of Pinellas county,” Donalds said in a statement.

Donalds is set to join Luna at an event with controversial Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, a staunch ally of former President Trump, on Sunday.

“I look forward to speaking at her event with Rep. Boebert on August 14th,” Donalds added.

The endorsement from Donalds further cements Luna’s support from Trump and his aligned allies, after earning the coveted endorsement from the former President himself. Such endorsements may prove vital as she faces a crowded GOP Primary ballot — her ties with Trump have kept her near the front of the race.

Luna has also been endorsed by Turning Point Action, founded by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, as well as former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

The Air Force veteran faces former prosecutor Kevin Hayslett, Republican strategist Amanda MakkiChristine Quinn and Moneer Kheireddine in the Republican Primary. Makki lost the Republican Primary to Luna in 2020.

The district, which has changed due to redistricting, now extends further north into traditionally red parts of Pinellas County and eliminates parts of St. Petersburg, the currently drawn district’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold. This has left one Democratic candidate — former Barack Obama administration official Eric Lynn — in the race.

Candidates are running to replace outgoing Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist as he runs for Governor.

Kelly Hayes

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  • Lynda

    August 11, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Re: District 13 election

    I will be voting for Eric Lynn, member of the Democratic party, in both the Democratic primary for District 13 and in the General Election, too. Residents of the newly gerrymandered District 13 are fortunate Mr. Lynn is willing to be a candidate. His qualifications are excellent. Most important, Mr. Lynn supports restoring to women the rights to control their own reproductive health care decisions recently taken away by a non-elected, non-representative SCOTUS. Yes, this is a one issue election for the majority of women.

    I have no interest in being represented by a trump cult member who supports forced birth as well as other policies which put our Democratic Republic at risk.

    Whatever Ms. Luna’s work prior to her becoming a trump supporter, her actions since trump are not conservative, not fiscally responsible and definitely support more state and/or Federal government invasions of personal freedoms such as control over reproductive health care decisions.

    Ms. Luna’s support of “Forced Birth” and other restrictions on reproductive freedom of women increase all risks for pregnant women and disqualify her for serving in any public office.

  • Impeach Biden

    August 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    So the current abortion restriction in Florida is 15 weeks. Evidently roughly 92% are performed before the deadline now. So what’s the problem? By the way if you support the Democratic party with its current incompetent and inept leadership, then I would say it is you that is a cultist.

  • Walt

    August 11, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    People act like we aren’t sure who to vote for. I think its obvious.

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