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Bud Chiles for Rod



The son of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles endorsed Rod Smith for governor Thursday afternooon, splitting the Chiles' family endorsement.

Lawton "Bud" Chiles is supporting Rod. His mom, Rhea Chiles, is supporting Jim Davis.

For a few months last year, Bud Chiles was Smith's opponent in this same race. Chiles had campaigned for governor last year but dropped out, after learning of a constitutional provision requiring a governor to be a Florida resident for seven years. Chiles had just moved back to Florida from the New York-NewJersey area in 2003.

Chiles assures that his endorsement will not cause family strife.

"As long as it's a Democrat, you know," Chiles said. "We're all Democrats, so it won't be a problem in our family."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:13pm]


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