D.C. Democrats High on Feeney Challenger

Posted October 16, 2007 at 9:36am

Former state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D) announced late last week that she will take on Rep. Tom Feeney (R) next year.

House Democrats expect Kosmas, a real estate agent who served four terms in the state House between 1996 and 2004, to give the scandal-tinged Feeney his first serious challenge since he was elected in 2002. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Feeney, who faces allegations of misconduct related to jailed former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Kosmas also is likely to get help from EMILY’s List.

Still, Feeney posted healthy third-quarter fundraising results, taking in $325,000 from more than 500 new donors. The suburban Orlando 24th district gave President Bush 55 percent of the vote in 2004.

— Matthew Murray