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Political Bits and Pieces

July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County hosted Lobster Fest on Thursday and a number of high-profile GOP candidates appeared to pitch their campaigns. Health care executive Rick Scott, running against Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, was in attendance. So were U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, Allen West who is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Ron Klein and state House hopeful Pat Rooney, Toms brother, who is running for the seat that Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, is vacating to run for the state Senate Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continues to remain popular among Republicans in other states. This week, Bush endorsed a veteran state representative in Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkmap hit Jacksonville on Thursday and Friday in his bid to win the Republican attorney general nomination. Kottkamp sent up a trial balloon during media appearances on immigration, saying, if elected, he will sue Washington for funds the state lost because the federal government failed to secure the border

Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita has declared her candidacy to be Tampas next mayor Former General Counsel Rick Mullaney of Jacksonville, currently running in the crowded race to replace term-limited Mayor John Peyton, posted impressive fund-raising figures for the second quarter of 2010, hauling in $345,000. The election will be held in March 2011 with a runoff in May if no candidate gets 50 percent in the first ballot Former House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader Dan Webster, running in a crowded Republican primary to take on U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, is reporting that he raised more than $240,000 for his congressional bid

Former Ruth's Chris CEO Craig Miller, running in the Republican primary to take on U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, won the straw poll being held by the Port St. Johns Patriot Club -- winning 69 percent of the vote In a list of The Next 10 Women to Watch in Politics over at Politics Daily, Patricia Murphy included two Florida Democrats: state CFO Alex Sink, who is the leading Democratic candidate in the race for governor, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who Murphy hints could be on the leadership track Former Rep. Loranne Ausley, the Democratic candidate for state CFO, wrote an op-ed this week arguing that the FCAT has failed Floridas children

Scott Fortune, challenging U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown in the Democratic primary, praised a Tallahassee judges decision to strike Amendment 7, a proposal set up by the Legislature to counter the redistricting amendments backed by FairDistricts Florida, and continued to hammer Brown for joining Republicans in backing the measure Gov. Charlie Crist is winning praise from Chairman Thom Rumberger from the Everglades Trust for calling a special session of the Legislature. Rumberger said that it was important for Florida voters to be able to vote to ban drilling in state waters Thad Hamilton -- who pulled out of the Democratic primary to beFloridas next commissioner of agriculture and consumer services to continue his campaign without party affiliation -- will be campaigning at a community breakfast on Saturday, July 24 in Pompano Beach.

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