Hunter Quoted in Washington Post Story Exposing Bilirakis’ Conflicts of Interest Involving Drug Industry Money

The Washington Post exposed conflicts of interest among incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Gus Bilirakis, involving the drug industry.  Bilirakis and a small group of other incumbents sponsored legislation that benefited the opioid industry, making it easier and more lucrative to sell prescription opioids.  In a story published May 13, reporters detailed the amount of campaign money Bilirakis and others received from the drug industry.  Reporters also documented the personal financial holdings Bilirakis and others have in drug companies.  As the Washington Post reported,  

Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.) is another co-sponsor. He held between $4,000 and $60,000 in Rite Aid stock, financial disclosures show, and accepted $77,500 from drug distribution and pharmacy companies.
Chris Hunter is a first-time candidate vying for the Democratic nomination to face Bilirakis in the fall. He is a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who is hitting hard at Bilirakis’s support of the legislation.
“He sold out his constituents in exchange for campaign money from the prescription opioid industry that literally made it easier for them to push their pills on the street,” Hunter said.
Bilirakis declined an interview request.

Read the full story here https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/why-i-chose-to-run-congressional-challengers-use-bill-backed-by-drug-companies-against-incumbents/2018/05/13/b171594e-4d8f-11e8-84a0-458a1aa9ac0a_story.html?utm_term=.4336db3172d1

Chris Hunter Joins Former DOJ Officials Calling on Congress to Defend the Rule of Law

Chris Hunter, a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent who served in Republican and Democratic administrations, joined hundreds of former DOJ officials calling on Congress to defend the rule of law in the face of attacks on the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Special Counsel.  This group of former Justice Department officials all served in both Republican and Democratic administrations.  As the letter the former Justice Department officials signed says, “We served this institution out of a commitment to the founding American principles that our democratic republic depends on the rule of law[.]” 

Read Washington Post coverage here https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/04/14/congress-should-forcefully-respond-if-trump-fires-mueller-245-former-doj-officials-say/?utm_term=.b5e648023572

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Endorses Chris Hunter for Congress

McCarthy Praises Hunter as a Champion for Florida’s Environment

Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, today announced her endorsement of Chris Hunter who is running for Congress in Florida’s 12th district.

Hunter is a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent.  He most recently served as a senior federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice on our nation’s health care fraud strike force.  He resigned from the Justice Department to run for Congress.  Hunter teaches international environmental politics and policy and is the author of a children’s fiction book about Florida’s natural environment.

“Chris Hunter will be a strong leader for something all Floridians cherish: a clean and healthy environment,” McCarthy stated.  “He understands the economic importance of wise environmental stewardship for the Tampa Bay region.  He understands the importance of science to sound policymaking.  And he embraces the responsibility we all share to take good care of our natural environment for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.”

“Gina McCarthy’s leadership improved public health and environmental well-being for all of us in Florida and throughout the nation,” Hunter stated.  “Her lifetime of service—in Republican and Democratic administrations—demonstrates how unifying our environment and natural resources are.  She blends innovative thinking with common sense solutions to achieve results that help everyone.  I am honored to receive Administrator McCarthy’s support.”

During the month of April, in anticipation of Earth Day, Hunter will be highlighting Florida’s environment and natural resources.

“Florida’s natural environment is a national treasure,” Hunter stated. “All of us throughout the nation celebrate Earth Day this month.  But for all of us in Florida, every day is an opportunity to be good stewards of our national treasure.”

Hunter, a Democrat, announced his candidacy January 2 for the seat currently held by Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis.

Bilirakis has a lifetime failing score from the League of Conservation Voters.  He consistently votes against Florida’s environment and against environmental and conservation issues that matter to all Floridians, with failing scores of 0, 0, 5, 0, and 4 over the past five years.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp Endorses Chris Hunter for Congress

Kemp Praises Hunter’s Commitment to Service

Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Commissioner representing Countywide District 6, today announced her endorsement of Chris Hunter who is running for Congress in Florida’s 12th district.

Hunter is a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent.  He most recently served as a senior federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice on our nation’s health care fraud strike force.  He resigned from the Justice Department to run for Congress. 

“Chris Hunter has served our community with distinction as a federal prosecutor leading the fight against health care fraud in Tampa Bay,” Kemp stated.  “He worked tirelessly to protect the Medicare and TRICARE programs for our military families, our older friends and neighbors, and those with disabilities.  He will be a thoughtful leader in Congress for his district and our region.”

Pat Kemp has served as Hillsborough County Commissioner for Countywide District 6 since 2016 and has served in numerous other leadership roles throughout Tampa Bay.  She is a leader in transit planning and sustainability practices and serves on the board of HART, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority.  She previously served as Chief Aide to Congresswoman Kathy Castor when Congresswoman Castor served on the Hillsborough County Commission.  In addition, she worked with women veterans through Tampa Crossroads to build the first Platinum LEED-certified affordable housing in the southeast servicing women veterans. 

“Pat Kemp has made a positive difference in the lives of so many families throughout Tampa Bay,” Hunter stated.  “She places the needs of others first, as her service on the Commission and in the nonprofit community demonstrates.  Commissioner Kemp is an example for all of us of servant leadership in action.  I am thankful for her support.”

Hunter, a Democrat, announced his candidacy January 2 for the seat currently held by Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis.

The congressional district includes part of northwest Hillsborough County, north Pinellas County, and all of Pasco County.

Hunter Quoted in New York Times About Political Attacks on DOJ and FBI Involving Russia Investigation

Chris Hunter was quoted in the New York Times today about the most recent efforts to attack the Justice Department and the FBI in order to undermine the work of the Special Counsel. 

“This is a continuation of a coordinated effort to discredit the special counsel’s work through political attacks on career public servants in the F.B.I.,” said Christopher Hunter, a former F.B.I. agent and federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department last year.
“Sow disinformation, discredit the F.B.I. and the Justice Department in the minds of our own American citizens, all to undermine the special counsel and create an environment of confusion and doubt about the legitimacy of the special counsel’s work — that’s what Russian intelligence would do to destabilize our society, yet that’s what’s being done by our own government officials and their collaborators.”

Read the full article here https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/us/politics/justice-department-carter-page-surveillance.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Hunter Featured in Tampa Bay Times Following Election Victories of Former Federal Prosecutors

A Tampa Bay Times columnist discussed former federal prosecutor Chris Hunter’s race for Congress following victories of former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in Alabama and former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania.  Before resigning from the U.S. Department of Justice to run for Congress, Hunter had served as senior prosecutor on our nation’s health care fraud strike force.  He previously served as an FBI agent following 9/11.  As the Tampa Bay Times columnist wrote,

For a candidate who hasn’t appeared on a ballot yet, Chris Hunter is on a bit of a roll.
He won in Alabama in December, and appears to have won again in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Mind you, those victories were symbolic rather than literal for Hunter, but they should not be blindly dismissed.
You see, Hunter is the former federal prosecutor running as a Democrat against Gus Bilirakis in a Republican-leaning congressional race on the North Suncoast.
Which sounds a lot like former prosecutors and Democrats Conor Lamb (Pennsylvania) and Doug Jones (Alabama) who stunned GOP strongholds with their performances in recent special elections.

Read the full column here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/Romano-Be-afraid-of-the-president-Gus-Bilirakis-Be-very-afraid-_166374547

Hunter Calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman to Step Down

New Leadership Necessary to Respond to Russian Targeting of Florida Voters

Chris Hunter, a former senior federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and former FBI agent, today called for Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to resign from the committee that provides oversight of  the intelligence community.

“Florida has a Russian target on it,” Hunter said.  “The indictment the Department of Justice announced one week ago today should serve as a warning of what’s to come, especially here in Florida.  We need leaders united against Russian aggression, not politicians trying to cover it up.”

One week ago, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and numerous Russian intelligence operatives for crimes directed at destabilizing the democratic electoral process.  The charges include detailed descriptions of political rallies and activities organized, directed, and paid for by Russian intelligence operatives targeting Florida voters.

“Russian intelligence will target Florida again,” stated Hunter, who held a Top Secret security clearance and handled foreign counterintelligence investigations.  “Russia’s acts of cyberwarfare against the United States and aggressive Russian intelligence operations in Florida  require nonpartisan leadership now to respond to what happened and work to prevent what’s coming.”

“Devin Nunes has breached the nonpartisan trust necessary for the House Intelligence Committee to function effectively,” Hunter said.  “The tradition of nonpartisanship in matters of foreign counterintelligence is critical to protecting our nation’s security.  On Nunes’ watch, Florida and the rest of our country is left exposed and vulnerable.”

“Gus Bilirakis should join me in calling for his colleague to step down now from the House Intelligence Committee,” Hunter said.  “Replacing Nunes is necessary so the House Intelligence Committee can refocus on core national security priorities: strengthening our counterintelligence capabilities and protecting our democratic electoral processes.”

Hunter, a Democrat, announced his candidacy January 2 for Florida’s 12th congressional district seat currently held by Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis.

Wall Street Journal Covers Hunter’s Decision to Resign from the Justice Department to Run for Congress

The Wall Street Journal covered Chris Hunter’s decision to resign from the United States Department of Justice to run for Congress in response to attacks on our democracy and our democratic institutions.  Hunter had been serving as a senior prosecutor on our nation’s health care fraud strike force prior to resigning to run for Congress.  As the Wall Street Journal reported,

      Chris Hunter was preparing to take a health-care fraud case to trial when he says he became concerned about the dynamics at the Justice Department, the agency where he had worked for more than a decade.

       After watching President Donald Trump fire former FBI Director James Comey, belittle Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among other events, Mr. Hunter said he decided to leave his job as a prosecutor in Tampa in December and run for Congress.  

      Chris Hunter (Florida’s 12th): “Not once in the Bush or Obama administrations did elected…individuals purposely set out to destabilize our democratic institutions.”

Read the full article here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-federal-prosecutors-take-complaints-about-trump-to-the-campaign-trail-1518517800

Hunter Stands Up for DOJ, FBI, and Rule of Law in Tampa Bay Times Op-Ed

In a Tampa Bay Times op-ed published in print and online today, Chris Hunter, former DOJ prosecutor and FBI agent, described the troubling nature of recent conduct by congressional leaders on the House Intelligence Committee and placed it in modern and historical context, writing:

I served in career appointments in the Justice Department and the FBI during both Republican and Democratic administrations. Not once in the Bush or Obama administrations did elected or politically appointed individuals purposely set out to destabilize our democratic institutions. Not once in either of those administrations did politicians seek to sow doubt about law enforcement for partisan gain. Not once in either of those administrations did anyone holding political power run a disinformation campaign against our own country.

Hunter ended his op-ed by reminding readers of the importance of being a champion for democracy in a tradition that dates to Thomas Paine and our nation’s founding.  Read the full op-ed here: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Column-Congressional-failure-of-constitutional-proportion_165162129

Hunter Quoted in New York Times Article About Attacks on Law Enforcement

Chris Hunter, formerly a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and previously a Special Agent with the FBI, was quoted in a front page New York Times story on Sunday, February 4 about the consequences of attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI.  Here is an excerpt:

In interviews, more than a dozen officials who work at or recently left the Justice Department and the F.B.I. said they feared that the president was mortgaging the credibility of those agencies for his own short-term political gain as he seeks to undercut the Russia inquiry led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

“Thanks to this rhetoric, there is a subset of the public that won’t believe what comes out of the Mueller investigation,” said Christopher Hunter, a former F.B.I. agent and prosecutor who left the Justice Department at the end of last year. Mr. Hunter said he worried that juries might be more skeptical of testimony from agents in criminal trials. “All it takes to sink a case,” he said, “is for one juror to disbelieve the F.B.I.”

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/03/us/politics/trump-fbi-justice.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

ALEX SINK ENDORSES CHRIS HUNTER FOR CONGRESS 

Sink Praises Hunter’s Service-Focused Message

Alex Sink, who served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and was the Democratic nominee for Governor in Florida in 2010, today announced her endorsement of Chris Hunter who is running for Congress in Florida’s 12th congressional district. 

Hunter is a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent. He most recently served as a senior federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice on our nation’s health care fraud strike force. 

“Chris Hunter’s commitment to principled leadership and American service will make him an outstanding advocate in Congress for all Floridians,” Sink said. “He has demonstrated through his service at the United States Department of Justice and his thoughtful vision for our future that he has what it takes to be a strong leader who can bring people together.” 

“Alex Sink is one of Florida’s finest public servants,” Hunter said. “All Floridians have benefited from her leadership, and I am deeply honored to have her support and endorsement.” 

Sink currently is focused on supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses growth, and the growing tech community in Tampa Bay. She received the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Profile in Leadership Award in 2017. 

“Alex Sink has been a visionary business leader her entire life,” Hunter said. “Her support of the men and women who are driving economic innovation in the Tampa Bay area is yet another example of her lifelong commitment to serving others.” 

Hunter’s congressional campaign is centered on renewal of shared American values and service to one another and our country. 

Hunter, a Democrat, announced his candidacy January 2 for the seat currently held by Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis. 

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR and FBI AGENT  ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS 

Hunter Calls for Renewal of American Values and Citizen Service

Chris Hunter, a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent, announced today that he is running for Congress in the 12th congressional district in Florida. Hunter, a Democrat, is calling for renewal of American values and service to one another and our country. 

“American service is an enduring promise that crosses generations, connects us to one another, and inspires hope,” Hunter stated. “All of us are looking forward to renewing the American promise of service to our country and to one another.” 

On September 11, 2001, Hunter was serving as a state prosecutor fighting street crime. Two weeks after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Hunter applied to the FBI and went on to serve as an FBI agent. He focused on counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and international fugitive investigations. 

Hunter served most recently as a senior prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice on our nation’s health care fraud strike force. He led the successful investigation and prosecution of the largest pharmacy fraud scheme in the Tampa Bay area. His work investigating and prosecuting criminals who steal from Medicare and TRICARE, the military’s health care program, shut down scammers and con artists throughout the region. 

He is running against a career politician who has held elective office for two decades. 

“Public service is a privilege,” Hunter stated. “It is not an entitlement program for career politicians. Career politicians who sell out to the highest bidder or to political power brokers violate the trust we all place in our government. What’s worse, they turn their backs on our shared values and the true meaning of American service.” 

“Our shared American values and commitment to service to our country and one another have always made the United States the light of the world,” Hunter stated. “Let’s renew our commitment to our shared values and lift up service to our country and one another right here at home.” 

Hunter and his family live in Trinity. He and his wife have a son and three daughters who all attend public school in Pasco County. He is the son of a school teacher and United States Marine. Hunter teaches at Stetson University College of Law and the University of Tampa. He is the author of a children’s book entitled Seagrass Surprise