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Palm Beach Post: It’s Charlie Crist vs. Charlie Crist

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A must-read article from Randy Schultz: Remember the Charlie Crist who in February happily shared a stage in Fort Myers with President Obama? Remember the Charlie Crist who loved the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus plan that only three of his fellow Republicans in Congress voted for? Remember That Charlie Crist? As of last week, he ceased to exist. That Charlie Crist was governor of Florida, desperate for the $13.7 billion the state would get from the stimulus. That Charlie…

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Lamar Alexander on Charlie Crist

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate Republican Conference, released this statement today endorsing FL Gov. Charlie Crist for SEN: “The thought of Governor Crist becoming Senator Crist is welcome news. Three years into his first term as Governor, he’s the most popular elected official in Florida’s history because of his outstanding career as a no-nonsense attorney general, a progressive education commissioner, and a fiscally conservative chief executive who last year led Florida to its largest property-tax decrease ever.…

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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…

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Kendrick Meek comes to Atwater’s

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U.S Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek spent time in St. Petersburg this afternoon, meeting with community leaders, elected officials and prominent local Democrats, including Frank Peterman and St. Pete city council members Karl Nurse and Jamie Bennett. Republican Deveron Gibbons was also in the crowd. Congressman Meek was accompanied by Gershom Faulkner and Anna Cruz. Vistorious from the battle over the stimulus package, Meek delivered a reassuring message about what will be done next in Washington.

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With Bill McCollum’s announcement, has Rick Baker’s political career come to an end?

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He is the popular mayor of the fourth largest city in the fourth largest state with a proven record of achievement and yet Rick Baker may have hit the ceiling as far as his political career is concerned. With Bill McCollum announcing that he will not run for the U.S. Senate — thereby guaranteeing a bid for re-election as Florida’s attorney general — and Alex Sink’s decision to remain as CFO, Baker now founds himself without an open office for…

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The Sudoku Senate race

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Not only is it light years away from November 2010, but the prospect of another grueling campaign in Florida, this time to replace Mel Martinez in the U.S. Senate, has yet to excite me. I’m obviously not alone in this feeling either as the leading candidates for both parties, Jeb Bush and Alex Sink, have decided not to run for the seat. – That leaves both sides of the aisle with candidates for whom the word senatorial does not immediately…

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Congratulations, Charlie

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First of all, congratulations to my dear friend Governor-elect Charlie Crist. His Senate campaign was the first that I ever worked on, so I owe much to the silver-haired, silver-tongued favorite son of St. Petersburg. I first met Charlie when he came to my high school to discuss the Youth in Government program I was involved in; not soon after he invited me and my friend Estella to be pages in the state Senate. From then after Charlie has been…

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