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Bud Chiles called GOP's best weapon in governor's race



Budchiles Democratic Uber money-raiser Kirk Wagar of Miami has always been bullish on Alex Sink's prospects at winning the governor's mansion, but he acknowledged that the nonpartisan candidacy of Lawton "Bud" Chiles III is bad news for Democrats.

"Bud Chiles is nothing more than a tool of the Republican party. The only role he would play in this election is being the only path for a Republican being governor of Florida in 2010,'' Wagar said. "I'd like to know who gave him the advice to do it. He's a nice enough fellow, but he's got absolutely no qualifications to be governor except for his last name. It really is almost sad. ... Max Linn was more credible than him."


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


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