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Armed GOP operatives



No question that Republicans are outgunning Democrats in Florida this election cycle. You may or may not find this reassuring, but a growing number of Republican operatives in Florida are getting proficient with firearms. Why? Partly because if you want to campaign at Florida gun shows - and what Republican doesn't? - it's a good idea to suck up to Pasco Republican chairman Bill Bunting.


Bunting is an ardent gun rights advocate who has the gun show circuit wired in Florida and can pretty much decide which candidates are welcome and which aren't.Last week, Russell Peck, John McCain's Florida organizational director, and Nick Hansen, Mitt Romney's Tampa Bay field director, hit the gun range with Bunting in Pasco to get certified for concealed weapons permits.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:38pm]


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