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All Smiles in Gainesville



Putting on their friendliest face, Rod Smith and Jim Davis came together Tuesday in Gainesville for the first time since their tough primary contest. “I’ve read in the papers where there’s some concern about what I’ve been doing,” Smith said, standing before the steps of City Hall. “Well, I’ll tell you exactly what, I’ve been going to work every day paying my law firm back for about a year and a half of carrying me … But please do not be misled that somehow my support for this campaign is anything less than 100 percent. I believe that Charlie Crist ought not be the governor of Florida.”

Smith said Davis' selection of Daryl Jones as his running mate, "shows he has the kind of judgment that is important to the future of Florida." And he played down word that two of his supporters have formed a group to promote Crist. Smith, however, seemed to hesitate, if only slightly, when asked if Davis' victory speech - where he said 'how sweet it is' to defeat millions Big Sugar spent on Smith's behalf - was meanspirited. "I just thought it was Jackie Gleason," he said.

Davis gushed with praise for Smith and said the two would hit to road soon to campaign. He dismissed a Mason-Dixon poll showing the race more unbalanced than others have shown. He repeated his line that Crist wants to “stay the course” in Florida, saying that would be to the detriment of property owners and school children.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:47pm]


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