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Can the Fla GOP unify?



ORLANDO — It's the unity, stupid. fter months of bloodletting in the U.S. Senate primary and a backlash that toppled the state party chief last week, Florida Republicans urged one another Saturday to join forces in 2010 against their true nemesis: the Democrats.

If party leaders got a dollar every time they used the word "unity" at their annual meeting on Saturday, they could have taken the whole crowd to Disney World. Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer, who will be replaced at a Feb. 20 election, asked each of the 300 activists to shake hands with whoever is next to them.

"At the end of the day, we will be unified," he said. "This issue has ended. We will have new leadership."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:13pm]


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