Jennifer Barbosa files to challenge Laurel Lee in CD 15
Jennifer Barbosa. Image via campaign website.

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The Plant City Republican previously ran against Adam Schiff in California.

Jennifer Barbosa, a Republican who once ran for Congress in California, has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee in a Florida GOP Primary.

Now a Plant City resident, Barbosa appears to be the latest Republican to answer a call from former President Donald Trump for an “America First” candidate in Florida’s 15th Congressional District.

Barbosa on April 23 filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run in CD 15, and on April 24 filed paperwork with the state. She has until April 26 at noon to qualify as a candidate.

She has run for federal office before, challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff in his California district in 2020 as an independent. She won less than 6% of the vote in a jungle Primary in California’s 28th Congressional District. Republican Eric Early advanced to the General Election and lost to Schiff, who is now the front-runner for a U.S. Senate seat in California.

Barbosa’s website said she lived in Florida for most of the last 40 years, starting in 1976. She graduated from Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg but moved to California some time after graduating from Vanderbilt University and served on the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council before she ran for Congress, according to Ballotpedia.

Lee, a former Florida Secretary of State, won her seat in Congress in 2022, emerging from a crowded Republican field for an open seat before besting Democrat Alan Cohn. The recently drawn district was widely viewed as the new seat Florida picked up from reapportionment after the 2020 Census, and was the most closely divided seat in the state in the 2020 Presidential Election.

If Barbosa qualifies, she will face Lee, who already paid a qualification fee, as well as Dade City Republican James Judge, who also qualified after shifting his candidacy from Florida’s 12th Congressional District.

Pasco County conspiracy theorist and podcaster Brian Perras also moved his candidacy with the FEC from CD 12 to CD 15, but he has yet to qualify.

Trump recently called for a Primary challenge to Lee, likely stemming from the fact that she was the only member of Florida’s congressional delegation to endorse Gov. Ron DeSantis for President this cycle. DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race after losing to Trump in Iowa, at which point Lee immediately endorsed Trump.

Jacob Ogles

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    April 24, 2024 at 7:08 pm

    Good evening America,
    It can be so difficult to make a selection here as who to vote for so let The Sage, Earl Pitts American, help all voters by doing a deep dive into their qualifications.
    Well now Laurel is a Totally HOT BLOND MlLF.
    Well noe Jennifer is a Totally HOT BRUNETT MlLF.
    This is looking to be a total toss-up with the edge going to Florida’s Sage Voter’s preferance for HOT MlLF BLONDS OR HOT MlLF BRUNETTS.
    In my opinion we got a total coin toss here, Florida, which should be fun to watch.
    Earl Pitts “HOT MlLF EXPERT” American


      April 24, 2024 at 7:32 pm

      Great news, Florida, I have arainged for a few sets of debates to be held betwen Laurel & Jennifer.
      These debates will take place at various venues across Florida with the use of those blow-up kiddie pools, lots and lots of Jello(tm) and the debate atire will be those string bikinis ….. the ones where the back string totally disappears between “The Cheeks”.
      Thank you Florida and never forget Earl is here for you.
      And BTW, Florida, who do you know who can make the “TYPICAL SNOOZE-FEST” political debate into a “MUST WATCH” political debate?
      Thats right, Florida, “IT’s ME IT’s ME IT’s Early P”
      Thanks again,
      Earl Pitts “Early P” American


        April 24, 2024 at 7:45 pm

        …. think about it Florida ….. Ahhhh …. “The Cheeks” ….. “The Glorious, Shapely, and Beloved Cheeks”.
        Earl Pitts “Sage Cheeks Expert” American

        • Speedy Gonzalez

          April 24, 2024 at 7:53 pm

          Earl SloPoke wants to be asking if you might be needing a professional referee, or a jello(tm) mopper upper, or a wardrobe assistant to keep sure the ladies are in proper atire. Senior Earl, SloPok knows a lot about this stuff and volunteers to be working for free.

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 26, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    if you’re stupid and are a raging sexist, then these earl comments are for you.

  • patti

    April 27, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    We have to get Laurel Lee OUT of DC. She did enough damage as DeSantis-appt’d sec of state by supporting Dominion and ES&S whose machines are now mandatory in all 67 counties and are “certified” using 2005 standards. And she opposed 3rd party election audits. As a freshman in the U.S. House she has voted with the democrats/uniparty on most major legislation. Most recently she sponsored HB7888 which reauthorized FISA with warrantless searches, secret courts and expanded surveillance of American citizens.

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