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Confusion reigns in Jim Norman state senate controversy

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October

In the wake of a judge's ruling Friday that concluded Jim Norman was not qualified to run in the Republican primary for the District 12 state Senate seat, attorneys for both Norman and Kevin Ambler, who lost to Norman in the primary, have filed paperwork in Florida courts. Ambler filed a motion seeking to be named the Republican nominee, something he asked for in his suit challenging Norman's candidacy but that Judge Jackie Fulford igrnored. And an attorney for Norman has filed an appeal to the ruling. Meanwhile, people headed to the polls for early voting are faced with ballots the include Norman's name even though the judge has said he's not qualified. Read more about it here.

If Norman's removal from the ballot sticks, it will be up to six people -- three from the Hillsborough County Republican Party and three fromthe Pasco GOP -- to pick a replacement for Norman. And it could, in fact, be Norman. A letter from Frank Winkles, a criminal defense attorney representing Norman, sure makes it seem like Norman thinks that will happen. Winkles writes that Norman believes he will vindicated on appeal. And then says this: "In any event, Mr. Norman expects to be the Republican candidate for Senate District 12 in this election."

Janet Zink

[Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 6:04pm]

    

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