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Janet Long turns back the hands of time



SEMINOLE - Many folks coming to the end of a hard-fought poiltical campaign say the experience takes a toll, making them feel older and worn out.

Apparently the opposite is the case with state Rep. Janet Long, D-Seminole, who is in the midst of a nasty battle over her House District 51 seat with Republican challenger Larry Ahern. Just go to Long's profile page on her YouTube channel and you see her age listed as 55.

Thing is, Long is 65 and will be 66 next week (Saturday, Nov. 6, to be exact).

Long said she didn't even realize she has a YouTube channel, and suggested that one of her campaign workers probably created it to house the video ads she's been running.

"I don't know who did it. Maybe they think I only look like I'm 55," Long said. "In my head, I'm only 42."

She referred further questions to her videographer, who was equally bewildered about the age issue but said it would be corrected.

-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:39pm]


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