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Conservative blogger running against liberal firebrand Alan Grayson

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

A conservative blogger has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge Rep. Alan Grayson, the liberal firebrand from Florida.

Jorge Bonilla, a Navy veteran who has never held public office before but works as a professional court interpreter, is announcing Monday his run for Florida’s 9th Congressional District seat.

“The central question of the 2014 election is this: Are We The People still capable of self-rule, or do we abandon the American Revolution and concede that a small, connected elite from Washington, D.C. and New York is better capable of running our lives than we are ourselves?” Bonilla says in a press release going out Monday.

Bonilla served in Desert Storm and was honorably discharged in 1993. He has since worked in retail, financial services and mortgage banking.

He has written about politics at the Shark Tank, a Florida political news website.

Javier Manjarres, the managing editor of the website, says of the contest: “The race against Grayson will be the one to watch this cycle. This race will be an ideological slugfest between Bonilla’s conservatism and Grayson’s hard liberalism.”

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