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Bay area Republicans gather to officially open Jeb Bush’s statewide headquarters in Tampa

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Jeb Bush may be struggling in the polls, but there was nothing but unadulterated love for him shown this afternoon in Tampa, where a bevy of local and state Republicans — highlighted by an appearance by Jeb Bush Jr. — gathered to officially open the former Florida governor’s statewide headquarters. Located in the Town N’ Country section in Northwest Tampa off of West Hillsborough Avenue, supporters crammed into a stuffy kitchen area to await the appearance of Bush Jr., the…

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Give Carl Zimmermann credit

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Sure, Carl Zimmermann lost his race to neo-populist Peter Nehr by less than 1,500 votes, but Carl did so with determination and style — and in a district as egregiously gerrymandered as any in Florida. I served as a consultant to Carl’s campaign at the very beginning of his effort. Even then I could tell that Carl was a serious candidate who could have won had he run in a more competitive district. Unfortunately, the state and local Democratic party…

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