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Political Bits and Pieces

April 21, 2010 - 6:00pm

Veteran member of the Legislature Dan Webster is starting off his bid to knock off U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson with a bang -- the endorsement of former Gov. Jeb Bush. That will help Webster in a crowded Republican primary field that also includes businessman Bruce ODonoghue, Rep. Kurt Kelly, R-Ocala, and Todd Long who ran for the seat in 2008 when he failed to knock off Ric KellerLt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp won the backing of Lake County Sherriff Gary Borders and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. This means 21 of the 28 Republican Sheriffs in Florida have endorsed Kottkamps bid to be attorney general.

House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, played a hand in leading opposition to the appointment of University of North Florida professor Parvez Ahmed to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. Ahmed, a former chairman of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, is under scrutiny for that organizations possible ties to Islamic terroristsBillionaire real estate tycoon Jeff Greene is considering launching a campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Greene made a Congressional run as a Republican out in California and he is rumored to be talking to Democratic political strategist Joe Trippi, best known for his work on Howard Deans presidential campaign, about next making a U.S. Senate run here in Florida.

Former Obama administration official Joe Garcia is running for the 25th Congressional District seat and is already attacking Republican frontrunner Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, claiming that he violated fundraising laws. Rivera maintains these accusations have no meritJohn Krause is going all out to knock off U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller in the Republican primary, blasting Miller as ineffectiveLooks like another Republican is considering taking on U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. Duval County Young Republicans chairman Chris Nwasike is thinking about jumping into what is an increasingly crowded primary field.

Is U.S. Sen. George LeMieux more than a caretaker? He held a large fundraiser in Washington for his Protect Americas Future PAC on Thursday which drew a number of big name lobbyists and Republican officialsLoranne Ausley continues to fundraise for her campaign to be Floridas next CFO. She held a fundraiser in Gainesville on Thursday hosted by among others former Gov. Buddy MacKay and former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith.

While U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas has made her opposition to the Obama administrations cuts to the NASA budget one of the centerpieces of her reelection campaign, her primary opponent is also pushing the issue. Former Winter Springs Mayor Paul Partyka has come out swinging against the NASA cuts With controversy swirling around Goldman Sachs, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-FL, has been very outspoken about refunding taxpayer dollars used to bail out that financial juggernaut.

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