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Batlle for House District 68 heats up



While the Aug. 14 primary is 11 days away, a Pinellas Democratic candidate for the state House is already attacking his perceived Republican opponent.

Dwight Dudley, the Democrat in the race for House District 68, slammed former Rep. Frank Farkas, one of two Republicans in the primary. Farkas is battling Daryle Hamel, a political newcomer in the Sunshine State. District 68 covers much of northeast St. Petersburg and eastern Pinellas Park.

In an email blast, Dudley’s camp pointed out that Farkas voted in 2006 to allow Progress Energy to charge Floridians a fee for construction costs at new nuclear plants before the plants are even built.

The email follows a Tampa Bay Times story on Friday that detailed repair costs at its Crystal River plant.

During a meeting with Times’ editors and reporters last month, Farkas said he regretted voting for the nuclear legislation.

Dudley’s statement took him back to 2006.

“This outrageous fee will cost Floridians more than one billion dollars - for something that may never be built,” Dudley said. “My opponent says he regrets voting for it. I never would have voted for it, and I’ll vote to repeal it in the Florida House.

And while I’m glad my opponent admits his costly mistake, it’s six years late and a billion dollars short. Farkas left Floridians holding the bill. Frankly, we just can’t afford more of his failed leadership.”

Farkas, whose campaign website is, might be, well, frankly flattered that Dudley has declared him the primary winner.

[Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 3:55pm]


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