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After Long Weekend, GOP Gov, Dem Senate Candidates Sprinting to Primaries

July 5, 2010 - 6:00pm

After a long Independence Day weekend, politicians in two of the closest races in Florida are hitting the campaign trail hard as they ramp up efforts before the Aug. 24 primaries.

The close contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination between Attorney General Bill McCollum and health care executive Rick Scott took center stage Tuesday morning.

Focusing on the changing economy, McCollum spoke early Tuesday morning at the Danfoss Turbocor factory in Tallahassee, where the company manufactures compressors used in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products. The company is based in Tallahassee.

Pushing his jobs plan, which he maintains will lead to 500,000 new jobs in Florida over the next six years, the attorney general took aim at Floridas high unemployment figures and stressed that luring companies that embraced new technology to the Sunshine State will help revive Floridas sluggish economy.

With Florida still experiencing record unemployment, there has never been a greater need to recruit and attract more businesses to our state, said McCollum. Companies such as Danfoss Turbocor are exactly the kind of innovative, job-creating companies our state needs to diversify our economy and create opportunities for the future. Danfoss Turbocor has recognized the benefits of doing business in the Sunshine State and, as governor, I will work to ensure Florida continues to attract high-tech companies to our state.

Ricardo Schneider, president and CEO of Danfoss Turbocor, praised the attorney general and his commitment to Floridas economy.

Danfoss Turbocor is proud to be a part of Floridas growing clean and renewable energy economy, said Schneider. Attorney General McCollum aims to strengthen Floridas economy by rewarding innovation, transforming our work force, and lowering the cost of doing business in the Sunshine State -- the very things that attracted Danfoss Turbocor to the state of Florida and helped to facilitate our tremendous success here.

Rick Scott, who is leading McCollum in the polls, also hit the campaign trail Tuesday morning with a stop at the Little Havana Activities Center in Miami. Sunshine State News has presented a video story of Scott's visit elsewhere on this page.

Candidates in other races also revved up their efforts after the long weekend. U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, facing a fierce challenge from billionaire financier Jeff Greene in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, launches a four-day tour of the state Tuesday morning, with campaign appearances in Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Quincy. Greene hosts an event Tuesday afternoon at Sunny Isles Beach with the Embrace Girls Foundation which helps at-risk girls in Miami-Dade.

Reach Kevin Derby at or (850) 727-0859.

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