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Kevin Burns, the other Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, bounces check to Pinellas Democratic Party

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A source familiar with the financial operations of the Pinellas Democratic Party informed me that North Miami Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Burns bounced a check to the Pinellas Democratic Party. Burns wrote a check for memorabilia he purchased during a silent auction at the Kennedy-King Dinner in June. In the comments below, Burns says he made restitution.

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Rod Blagojevich compares himself to Charlie Crist

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From The Hill: “I could’ve named my wife if I wanted to,” Blagojevich said of his Senate appointment, adding that his team had looked into such possibilities as Oprah and Valerie Jarrett. “Look at what Gov. [Charlie] Crist (R) did in Florida — he put his chief of staff in there to hold the seat warm for him so he could run for the U.S. Senate. I didn’t do any of those things.”

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Marco Rubio: It’s fair to ask questions about Charlie Crist pick

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Florida Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio spoke to NRO about Gov. Charlie Crist’s pick of attorney George LeMieux to serve the remainder of retiring senator Mel Martinez’s term: George LeMieux is a very successful political operative, as well as a successful and effective lobbyist. Plus, he’s the governor’s best friend, but that’s not the criteria we’re looking for in the next U.S. Senator from Florida. What Republicans want is someone to go to Washington and stand up to…

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Wall Street Journal blasts Charlie Crist’s pick of George LeMieux as ‘Cronyism’

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From the Wall Street Journal: Democrats have embarrassed themselves by naming political buddies to replace Joe Biden and Barack Obama in the Senate, and now a Republican is showing he can do the same. On Friday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist picked a long-time aide and political consultant to fill his state’s soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat, presumably as a placeholder until Mr. Crist can win the job himself in November 2010. The Florida vacancy is due to the strange decision by…

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Bill Young winner, Charlie Justice loser of the week

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From the Buzz: Winner of the week: U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores. While Charlie Crist traveled to every TV major market inviting venerable public servants/would-be U.S. Senate appointees to fawn before the cameras, the 40-year congressman showed off a mischievous confidence. Rather than just tell Crist’s staff no thanks over the phone, Young showed up to Crist’s interview in Pinellas dressed like he was was in the midst of mowing the lawn and told the surprised governor he…

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What’s on Kendrick Meek’s iPod?

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A few more tidbits from my recent interview with Congressman Kendrick Meek… Of course I asked him all of the tough questions, like, “Aren’t you insane to give up a safe seat in the U.S. Congress and a position on the all-powerful Ways and Means Committee to run for the U.S. Senate against (no offense to the increasingly exciting Marco Rubio) a governor with a supersonic approval rating?” To whit, he provided a great answer about how he has never,…

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If Rep. Jennifer Carroll really wanted to be a U.S. senator, maybe she could have typed the application…???

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Not to be picky or anything, but couldn’t Rep. Jennifer Carroll have mixed in a typewriter when she was filling out the questionnaire applying for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez:

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