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Bense backs Lee



As expected, House Speaker Allan Bense today endorsed Tom Lee for chief financial officer. "He wants to do a very, very good job as CFO," Bense told reporters at a downtown Panama City cafe. ""You won't have to worry about Tom as CFO. Everything will be taken care of in a proper fashion."

Lee, the outgoing Senate president, already has the backing of Gov. Jeb Bush and Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings.

Responded GOP rival Randy Johnson, "No matter how many political insiders support Tom Lee, it still doesn't change the fact that he's a moderate." Johnson himself on Thursday announced endorsements, including Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. See item below for more.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:04pm]


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