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Bense Will Endorse Crist



House Speaker Allan Bense, R-Panama City, will endorse Charlie Crist for governor on Wednesday, the Buzz has learned. Bense is leaving politics when his term as speaker ends in November, but he remains very popular among many Republicans. He represents a conservative Panhandle district and resisted overtures from the White House and Gov. Jeb Bush earlier this year to run for the U.S. Senate as an alternative to Rep. Katherine Harris. Also of note: Bense's long-time business partner, Charlie Hilton, has contributed to the campaign of Crist's GOP rival, Tom Gallagher.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:08pm]


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