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Anti-Heller push poll surfaces in District 52

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September

Republicans are apparently targeting state Rep. Bill Heller, D-St. Petersburg. A push poll is making the rounds in District 52 linking Heller's vote against the state budget this year to apparent disapproval for lots of well-intentioned programs included in the spending package.

Heller said he voted against the budget because it shifted $300-million from education to prison spending.

But now someone is using that vote to say he's anti-veteran among other things, Heller said this morning.

"I'm not against the veterans. I am a veteran," said Heller, who volunteered during the Korean War and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.

Heller's opponent, retired Realtor Ross Johnson, said he has nothing to do with the poll. Johnson said Heller called him to express his frustration.

"I have nothing to do with it, and I would not condone it," Johnson told Bay Buzz this morning.

Aaron Sharockman, Times staff writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:36am]

    

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