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Corcoran: 'I'm opposed to any new taxes'

Corcoran_2Senate District 3 candidate Richard Corcoran told the Buzz today that, "I'm opposed to any new taxes whatsoever, and that includes the sales tax."

The statement puts Corcoran, former chief of staff to House Speaker Marco Rubio, in an awkward spot. Rubio is the main proponent of a plan to swap property taxes on primary homes for increased sales tax. He will need all the support he can muster if the idea is to gain traction going into the special session.

Read what you will into Corcoran's statement, but he refused comment when specifically asked about the House plan. "I'm not going to be pitted against my former boss and friend," he said. He also declined to elaborate on his role, if any, in creating the House proposal.

Making it more interesting: Corcoran's opponents, Reps. Dennis Baxley and Charlie Dean, voted for Rubio's tax swap. Corcoran, who resigned the $175,000 House job to run for office, said he had no plans to highlight their support in campaign ads. But "if it came out in a forum," he said, "I'm going to state my position clearly."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:48pm]

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