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Local legislators unsure of their choice for U.S. Senate race

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In public, the line has been drawn. Republicans have abandoned Gov. Charlie Crist, who announced that he was running for the U.S. Senate as a nonpartisan candidate, and thrown their muscle behind Marco Rubio.

But for Republican and Democratic legislators in Pinellas County — Crist’s home turf — the choice is not as clear cut.

Of the five members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, three were Republicans and two were Democrats. No one was ready to throw their name behind any of the candidates, except for state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who’s supporting Crist.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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