Democrats were waiting to see if Chris Chiari would make a third attempt at District 91 now that Ellyn Bogdanoff is out of the way running for a senate seat, but instead he set his sights on another race: challenging Rep. Evan Jenne.
Chiari declined to comment in detail today but criticized Jenne for the company he keeps.
"Look at the contributions he has received. Let's ask ourselves how many doors Evan Jenne has ever knocked on? Let's ask ourselves if Evan has earned the place he has?''
In 2008, "I was one of his donors,'' said Chiari. "Our of 341 contributions I was one of 11 that didn't have "p.a'' or ''esquire'' or ''associate'' after my name.''
Chiari said he sent his paperwork to the state to open his campaign last night although it hadn't appeared on the state's website as of this morning.
Chiari, a business consultant, said he has put his Fort Lauderdale home on the market and is renting in Davie. He plans to spend about four months of the year in a Philadephia suburb caring for his 92-year-old grandma.
Says Jenne, the minority whip, in response: "He's got no gripes over my votes or stances? I don't know what to say.''
Freda Sherman Stevens, who lost to Jenne last year, had planned on running against him but filed to run in District 91 instead. Jenne was recently listed as a ''special guest'' for one of her campaign events but he said he isn't endorsing her and didn't talk her out of running against him.
Last year, the Florida Elections Commission fined Jenne $2,500 for taking too long to return checks to supporters who had already given the maximum.