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Peter Wallace for state Senate?



Pinellas and Florida Democrats can quit dreaming. Former state House Speaker Peter Rudy Wallace of Peterwallace St. Petersburg is not running for state Senate District 16, despite encouragement from party leaders who see him as their dream candidate.

"I talked to Nan Rich about it a little bit. It's very flattering to be invited to participate. I loved public service but I don't feel drawn back into it,'' Wallace said of the open seat that so far pits Republican Jack Latvala against Democrat Nina Hayden.

Wallace recounted the especially nasty race between Charlie Justice and Kim Berfield last time. "The money that was put into that race and the filthy advertising, and I just think, why would I bring that into my life?...It's not a close call."

Adam Smith, Times Political Editor

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:55am]


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