Political Party with Adam Smith: Focus on the future with state Rep. Ben Diamond (with video link)

Published March 18, 2021 By Adam Smith https://stpetecatalyst.com/political-party-with-adam-smith-focus-on-the-future-with-state-rep-ben-diamond/ This week’s guest on Political Party with Adam Smith, state Rep. Ben Diamond, is poised to face a bunch of intriguing political and life choices. It looks increasingly likely that U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, will vacate his south Pinellas Congressional seat to run for governor in 2022, which also happens to be when state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will vacate his state Senate seat. This means Diamond likely faces the choice of staying put and becoming the Florida House Democratic Leader in 2022, running for state senate, or running for a rare open congressional seat. Diamond said he will evaluate all opportunities as the arise, but his immediate focus is Tallahassee. “We’ll see how this all shakes out. Right now I am truly up to my eyeballs in this session,” he said on Political Party, heaping praise on Crist. “My grandfather, Dante Fascell served our state in congress (representing the Miami area from 1955 to 1993), and I got the public service bug through his work and seeing what he was able to accomplish,” Diamond said. “This was back in the day of an era when members went to Washington and candidly worked well with one another. We need to get back to that.” As incoming House minority leader, Diamond this cycle oversees the campaigns for Democrats eager to narrow the 78-4