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Rick Baker meets with former Jeb Bush CoS

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If Rick Baker is playing coy about his political future, he wasn’t too shy today when he met with Kathleen Shanahan, an uber-connected former chief of staff to Jeb Bush and Dick Cheney. Unsure of what the meeting was about, but Baker met with Shanahan at Atwater’s, the popular restaurant in the heart of St. Pete’s Midtown. Is this the first sign that Baker is at least exploring the idea of running for Florida governor in the event that Charlie Crist decides to run for the U.S. Senate?

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