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2006 redux: Incumbents worry about being "Berfield"-ed



In what could be an ominous sign for incumbents, a recent statewide poll by the Property Casualty Insurers Association found that 75 percent of voters said legislators failed to deliver on lower rates, Steve Bousquet, the St. Petersburg Times Tallahassee bureau chief writes today.

He continues: Still vivid in the minds of bay area candidates are the devastating TV ads used in 2006 to portray Republican Senate candidate Kim Berfield as a captive of the insurance industry. The ads showed Berfield’s smiling face in the pocket of a businessman’s suit coat. She lost to Democrat Charlie Justice.

Candidates are on edge, wondering who will be vilified as the 2008 version of Berfield. Read the full story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:30am]


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