Dane Eagle, longtime travel aide to former Gov. Charlie Crist and a Cape Coral mortgage broker, announced Monday he will seek the open House seat vacated by fellow Republican Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral.
Eagle, 28, graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in economics. From there he worked for Crist as a travel assistant, deputy chief of staff and then finance director during Crist's unsuccessful 2010 bid for U.S. Senate as an independent candidate. Now Eagle works for his family's business, Eagle Realty of Southwest Florida. His father, Greg Eagle, was a major Crist supporter.
Eagle's immediate challenge could be explaining his loyalty to Crist to fiercely conservative Republican voters in Aubuchon's district.
"I was a young guy with an opportunity, and nobody's going to say no to that," he said. "It's unfortunate how it turned out."
Aubuchon wants to replace U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, now vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate.