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Crist, Nelson can keep jobs and run



After striking down an amendment that would have allowed state officials to run for president or vice president just yesterday, the Florida Senate did a role reversal today, voting in favor of an even more generous re-writing of the state's resign to run law.

Now any Floridian seeking to run for any federal office would not have to give up their current job. The House has said that whatever they got from the Senate, they would have put such a provision back on the elections bill, according to Senate Democrats who talked about the issue in a caucus meeting today.

(Sen. Steve Geller and Sen. Dan Webster had dinner with Rep. David Rivera last night, where they talked elections.)

The Sen. Charlie Justice amendment, which seems a go in both chambers, means that Gov. Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum, House Speaker Marco Rubio, Sen. Bill Nelson and even CFO Alex Sink could keep their jobs and run for federal office.

Only Sen. Nan Rich spoke against the provision. "I think Florida has a very good resign-to-run law. We have put a lot of things on here that are not necessary."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:46pm]


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