Twitter reinstates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Spartanburg) after she had resigned from the House of Representatives last month. Photo courtesy of Greene’s campaign Facebook page.
TALLAHASSEE – A state House candidate who had resigned from Congress last month and a Facebook page posting about running against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Spartanburg) are back in the news after a report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
On the same day Greene resigned from Congress, a report on her campaign Facebook page stated that she was running for the Senate in the state Senate District 37 race.
However, Greene, a former state senator from Spartanburg County, did not file the candidacy, according to the report.
Greene also did not file a candidacy for that race, as well.
The Facebook post promoting Greene for Senate came in response to a state Democrat Party request for candidates for the Nov. 6 special election to fill the seat vacated by former Senate President M. Teresa Burns. Greene is one of 10 candidates in the race.
There were no other Democrats running in the special election, for which the Legislature must call a special election.
However, Greene had previously run for the Senate in 2004 against former Sen. Steve Beers, who won 66.5 percent of the vote.
Greene, a former state representative who had served since 1995, filed a candidacy for the race in February. And she submitted the nomination papers to the Florida Department of State last month.
But the Office of Campaign and Political Finance reported that Greene did not file the paperwork as required by campaign law and instead filed a nomination to run for the Senate in a new District 37 race.
The office’s report states that Greene also didn’t file a candidacy for the new race, but did file one to run for the District 37 Senate seat in 2004.
If Greene doesn’t run for the Senate, state Rep. Charles Van Pelt, D-West Palm Beach, is running unopposed in the special election for the seat. His party, the Democratic Party of Florida, has nominated Van Pelt without opposition in the general election Nov. 6.
In the meantime, there are 14 Republican candidates in the Senate race, including Republican House Speaker Dean Cannon.