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Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio spar at breakfast in Miami

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“This is the test of true character,” Governor Crist said at the Christian Family Coalition Breakfast. Shortly after, the gloves came off. “That you do what is right even when no one is watching.” It was a thinly veiled swipe at Rubio, who has come under fire in the last two days for using a GOP credit card for personal expenses. Rubio immediately lashed out at Crist saying someone in the Crist campaign must have leaked the information. “I understand…

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Scott Maddox will run for Ag Commish

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Former Florida Democratic Party Chairman Scott Maddox will file paperwork to enter the agriculture commissioner race next week, ending a four-year break from politics. Maddox, who said he lived on a small farm when growing up south of Miami and whose wife comes from a family that’s farmed for generations, said he will emphasize the consumer services aspect of the job. “That’s a very important position for Floridians. That job basically regulates most all the things that affect the consumer…

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Dan Gelber wins endorsement of PBC pol Anne Gannon over Dave Aronberg

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Miami Rep. Dan Gelber won the endorsement today of longtime Palm Beach County pol Anne Gannon, who is now serving at the county tax collector. Gannon served with Gelber in the state House from 2000-2006 and picked Gelber over Palm Beach’s own state Sen. Dave Aronberg for the Democratic nomination for attorney general saying, ”he is the definition of a leader.” “He has the unique combination of force and personality that brings people together and empathy to be able to…

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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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Jack Abramoff’s impact felt in Florida

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There have been those in some quarters who have attempted to dismiss the Jack Abramoff scandal as an inside the Beltway issue that doesn’t matter to “average” Americans. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In my experience, it’s true that voters really don’t care about campaign finance scandals or issues like that, despite how much emphasis the media puts on these matters. Any campaign I worked on that involved some component of political financial scandal by either of the…

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Jack Abramoff’s fashion faux pas

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Just after I had remarked how smartly dressed Jack Abramoff was at his court hearing in Washington, D.C., with his stark, but exsquisite overcoat and fedora, he goes and wears a baseball cap with a suit at his arraignment in Miami. Who the hell wears a baseball cap with a suit? Is this guy David Letterman? And it’s not like he’s trying to cover up a bald spot, which would still make it ridiculous, but understandable. In addition to the…

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