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Detert brings out big guns in Senate race



4155 Things have not been looking good for Nancy Detert's bid for state Senate District 23. Last month, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack and Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed Rep. Michael Grant over Detert.

"People were confused with the Charlie Crist thing," Detert said Monday. "They asked, 'Does that mean he doesn't like you?' "

But Detert may have just one-upped Grant as the Republican primary nears. Today, at a well attended rally in Osprey, she scored the backing of Sen. Lisa Carlton, who currently holds the seat, as well as Senate President Ken Pruitt and Rep. Bill Galvano. (the trio wrote this letter.)

"Lisa really helps seal the deal," Detert told the Buzz.  "It sends a message to the community that's who she wants to replace her." Noting that she assumed Carlton's House seat years ago, Detert added: "I am considered the natural replacement. I intend to fill Lisa's high heels."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:29am]


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