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Bennett backs Haridop, drops Senate Prez bid



Sen. Mike Bennett is no longer jockeying for the Senate presidency, clearing the road for Sen. Mike Haridopolos to take over from Senate President Jeff Atwater in 2010. Haridopolos has already been pretty much given the powerful position, but until Bennett called the Times/Herald this afternoon to announce his decision, there were whispers that he was manuevering behind the scenes to swipe the spot from Haridopolos, a fellow Republican. Bennett, who terms out in 2012, said he and his wife discussed during their recent vacation abroad the time commitment a Senate presidency would require. "This will make my wife happy," Bennett said. "It's just a time issue." The reality is, he also might have been hard pressed to get the votes he needed to oust Haridopolos. Haridopolos said he looks forward to working with Bennett. "This is the best way to make sure we have a unified Senate," Haridopolos said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:49pm]


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