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Special interests target Hernando Commissioner




A week from Election Day, the District 3 race between Diane Rowden and John Druzbick has turned nasty, forcing both Hernando County Commission candidates to defend their previous tenures on the School Board.

The most negative attacks — possibly unprecedented in nature — are aimed at Rowden, the two-term Democratic incumbent. A nebulous political group called the Committee to Protect Florida mailed fliers to Hernando County voters and created a Web site called The group is led by  GOP super-operative Roger "Rocky" Pennington and possibly funded by Thomas Barnette, a former lobbyist and Rowden supporter. Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:38am]


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