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The Web site has long been the place for Pasco County Republicans to get the official line from leadership.

But this month, confusing it with created more than an error message. A New Port Richey Democrat, Mike Freedman, bought the name and launched his version of the party line, billed as, "Information, news and videos for Pasco County Republicans from Pasco GOP."

His site, though, has videos and reports nudging Republicans to support Barack Obama. He said he was "feeling patriotic" when he registered the name on July 4.

But that's not how Pasco GOP Chairman Bill Bunting's taking it. He said the state party has been asked to review the mock site.

"If they’re into the dirty tricks, hopefully it’ll backfire," Bunting said.

-- David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:35am]


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