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Charlie Crist gets another Democrat backer in Skip Campbell



Ag_campbell Former state Sen. Skip Campbell, a Democrat who ran for attorney general in 2006, endorsed Charlie Crist's independent bid for the U.S. Senate today and will host a fundraiser for him Thursday.

"I love Kendrick," Campbell said in an interview, referring to Democrat Kendrick Meek. "He's a great guy, but you have to look at the entire picture, which is electability." Campbell said he knows that all to well. "When I was running for AG, I was not electable. It wasn't meant to be."

Campbell said he had not spoken with Meek about his decision but reached it after a couple months of deliberation. He said Democratic support for Crist is evident every day he goes to L.A. Fitness in Coral Springs. "It's just amazing how many of them are going to vote for Charlie."

On Thursday, Campbell will host a fundraiser for Crist at his home in Coral Springs. Co-hosts include Brian Walsh, Ed Curtis, Tom Panza, Democratic state Rep. Ari Porth and Susan Maurer.

Campbell said he thinks Crist has done a good job as governor and said he was not put off by Crist's tendency to shift positions, one of the enduring knocks on his candidacy.

"Every politician and his brother at some point has changed their position on matters. It's tough when you've got a record," Campbell said.

Campbell said he entertained making a second run for AG this year but was too busy with his law practice. He did not rule out seeking office again. "I might look at something."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:27am]


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