(Palm Beach Post) Randall Terry, the longtime anti-abortion protest leader who became involved in Florida politics during the 2005 Terri Schiavo controversy, has qualified for the ballot as a no-party congressional candidate against longtime U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar.

Terry founded Operation Rescue in the 1980s and boasted that the group racked up more than 70,000 arrests demonstrating at abortion clinics. He moved to the St. Augustine area around 2004. In 2005 he was in the Florida and national spotlights as spokesman for Pinellas County resident Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, in their losing fight to have their brain-damaged daughter’s feeding tube reattached against the wishes of Schiavo’s husband.

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