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What is Rick Baker’s endorsement really worth?

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Now that Rick Baker is saying he could endorse a candidate in the primary after previously indicating he would wait until the general election, let’s take a look at the real or perceived value of a Baker endorsement. Let’s begin with the obvious: Baker can’t endorse Jamie Bennett. Despite the fact that Bennett is the closest Baker has to a political heir, he just cannot waste his endorsement on Bennett. (What a shame, because if all had gone well, Bennett could…

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Charlie Crist’s ’07 bromance: Dave Aronberg’s a rock star

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Remember this Charlie Crist ‘s endorsement of Aronberg in 2007: “About anything Sen. Aronberg does is important to me,” gushed Gov. Charlie Crist about Greenacre’s Dave Aronberg. “The guy is brilliant. I mean, he’s almost a rock star. I have such great respect for him. He’s just a good, decent man. Almost everything I can think of that he has ever promoted or pushed has been something I’m able to support gladly.” Um, actually, the question Crist was responding to…

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Building Trades union endorses Kendrick Meek

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The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO (BCTD) today issued an endorsement of Representative Kendrick Meek (D) for the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Florida. Upon the conclusion of today’s vote by the BCTD Governing Board of Presidents, President Mark H. Ayers said, “We are excited about the prospect of helping Kendrick Meek become the next U.S. senator from Florida. Throughout his life, both as a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol and most recently as the congressman from Florida’s…

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10 things I think I think about today’s paper

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Isn’t it quaint to even say ‘today’s paper’ when some the Times’ best content isn’t even in the paper, but online. 10 things I think I think about today’s paper. 1. My brief post on Wednesday about Bill Maxwell retiring turned out to be spot-on. I spoke with Bill several times when he dined at Parkshore Grill and found him to be a true gentleman. However, I don’t know if I will miss his writing much, as it has become…

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Principally Political blog attacks NRSC for endorsing Charlie Crist

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Is NRSC right to endorse Crist? “No” is the emphatic response from Erick Erickson of RedState. He objects to the NRSC’s endorsement of Florida Governor Charlie Crist over statehouse Speaker Marco Rubio in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Erickson has launched a public campaign to deter donations to the NRSC. Ben Hodge of RedCounty has weighed in, defending Erickson and dissecting the NRSC’s reasoning in its original decision and its counter-attacks on Erickson. I’m not familiar with…

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Michael Steele not ready to endorse Charlie Crist

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From Roll Call: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday that despite the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s early endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s GOP Senate primary, neither he nor the RNC will take sides in the contest until after the primary. Crist is competing with former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio in the fight for the GOP nomination. Although Crist is popular in the state and most polls have shown him winning the open seat general election easily,…

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Jamie Bennett supporter Will Michaels on Bennett: ‘I don’t think he has a chance’

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Neighborhood leader and St. Petersburg Preservation president Will Michaels sounds like he’s getting off the Jamie Bennett for mayor bandwagon. He returned a message from Bay Buzz today to talk about the allegations surrounding the Bennett campaign. He didn’t officially pull his endorsement, but he was hardly a cheerleader of Bennett’s prospects. “I think he’s a good man,” Michaels said of Bennett. “Obviously, he made a serious error in judgment by hiring Peter Schorsch. No doubt about it. It’s hurt…

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