‘Sedition panda’ files for 2024 Citrus County Commission seat

Jesse Rumson switched from holding no party affiliation to the Republican Party in May.

A Lecanto man known as “Sedition Panda” for his alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection is now setting his sights on the Citrus County Commission.

Jesse Rumson filed paperwork with the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections as a Republican in County Commission District 5. Republican incumbent Holly Davis hasn’t announced her intentions for 2024 but has told friends she plans to seek re-election to a second term.

Rumson was arrested in February on numerous federal charges, including obstruction of law enforcement during an official proceeding and assaulting police officers. 

The Justice Department said Rumson was among a mob that illegally massed near a Senate door. When rioters successfully broke open the Capitol parliamentary door, Rumson was seen wearing a panda headpiece and running from the Senate wing door.

He later was seen in the crowd outside the Senate wing door, where Rumson was heard shouting, “Get a ram.”

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast received backlash from supporters of former President Donald Trump for his agency’s assistance in Rumson’s arrest.

Prendergast, who has enjoyed support from the same bloc of voters, infuriated them by not only announcing his agency’s role in Rumson’s arrest, but also for backing the federal government’s decision to charge Rumson.

“As a true American patriot, I respect those who uphold their First Amendment rights — but do so without causing a dangerous, mass riot and ensuing mob that placed other individuals’ lives in jeopardy,” Prendergast wrote on the agency’s Facebook page. “Actions like that of Rumson impeded the rights of fellow citizens during a legislation session and goes against everything our nation stands for.”

Since his arrest, Rumson has become something of a local celebrity among the Trump-affiliated Republican clubs.

He is a recent Republican. According to the Citrus County elections office, he registered to vote in 2004 with no party affiliation and switched to the Republican Party in May. He’s voted in three General Elections: 2004, 2020 and 2022.

Mike Wright

Mike Wright is a former reporter with the Citrus County Chronicle, where he had covered county government and politics since 1987. Mike's skills as an investigative reporter earned him first-place awards in investigative writing. Mike also helped the Chronicle win the Frances Devore Award for Public Service in 2002.


  • It's Complicated

    June 20, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Nationally, we have “Florida Man.” In Florida, we have “Citrus County Man.”

  • Rob Desantos

    June 20, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Jesse Rumson is a coward, a criminal, a traitor, and a virgin.

  • Michael K

    June 20, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    One more idiot files into the Florida Krazy Klown Kar.

  • Silly Wabbit

    June 20, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    He kwazy.

  • Kung Fu Panda

    June 20, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    I know a lot of pandas, and Jesse Rumson is no panda. He is a seditious ass, however. And he certainly has the jawbone of an ass and flaps it around like an ass, so I guess he’s an ass, all right, a loudmouth ass.

  • Suze

    June 20, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Republicans aren’t for the rule of law. They are insurrectionists that beat police to get there way
    Criminal behaviors should not be rewarded but in Floriduh anti democracy rules

  • Bwj

    June 20, 2023 at 6:53 pm


  • PeterH

    June 20, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Florida can do better!

  • Dont Szay FLA

    June 21, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Governor Trash Panda seems very possible. Governor Trash Panda Junior, rather.

  • David Pakman

    June 21, 2023 at 8:47 am

    These criminal idiots are asking for problems.. and they’re gonna get them. Stupidity never wins and these apes are dying like flies.

  • Kathy Miller

    June 21, 2023 at 8:57 am

    It is time intelligent, ethical and moral people run for office. Rundown is non of these.

  • mary Stroud

    June 21, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Another terrorist running for an office. Unbeleivable.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 23, 2023 at 9:59 am

      If your video showed any of that, it wouldn’t require a ridiculously long title explaining what it purports to show, foo’. Find dumber people to use that with. They’re on Rumbler and Truth and Twitter and such

  • Paul Reinhardt

    June 22, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Is Florida Politics and its writers still connected with Pendecini, Joe Gruters, and the Lavender Group?

  • Tjb

    June 22, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    He is giving panda’s a bad reputation.

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