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Another longshot Chiles campaign



Budchiles Forty years after his little-known father used a pair of boots to launch himself into political folklore, Lawton "Bud" Chiles III hopes to emulate the strategy during his independent run for governor by walking across Florida and connecting with voters.

The signature Chiles campaign tactic hasn't changed much, but Florida's political environment has. Retail politics is less effective, and the state has added hundreds of thousands of new voters who likely haven't heard of Chiles or his father. The electorate is also more fragmented, and statewide candidates need vast sums to get their message in several major TV markets....

"He's Lawton writ small in more ways than one," said J.M. "Mac" Stipanovich, a Republican lobbyist who worked for former Gov. Bob Martinez. "You've got the name and the walking strategy and the resemblance, but there's no originality. There's no innovation."....

"He could be a spoiler along the lines of Ralph Nader," said Congresswoman Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. "He could hurt the interests that he cares about."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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