by Javier Manjarres
Businesswoman Karen Diebel has announced that she is making another run for Congress, expressing her intention to run for one of the two congressional seats that Florida will pick up after reapportionment next year. Diebel previously ran for Congress in 2010 and fell short to no Congresswoman Sandy Adams in the Republican primary. I was able to catch up with the mother of three in Orlando at the Florida Family Policy council event this past weekend headlined by Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
Diebel was able to raise $100K in the last election reporting cycle, not bad for someone running for a yet-to-be geographically determined seat that is probably going to be drawn in somewhere in the vicinity of the I-4 corridor of Florida. Among Diebel’s supporters and donors is rising Republican Congressional star Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who donated $1000 to her campaign, as well as Congressman Spencer Bachus, who’s PAC donated $2500 to her campaign.
Diebel said that had she been elected to Congress, she would not have supported raising the debt ceiling and she reiterated her support for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She is playing it smart by announcing early and kicking her fundraising into gear before the final lines are drawn. This aggressive move by Diebel could make her the favorite to win once the redistricting dust settles, if and when anyone decides to primary her.