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A Dose of Sugar To End The Day



Jim Davis and Rod Smith spent Saturday on the campaign trail, blazing different paths but ending at the day at a Democratic dinner in Daytona Beach where they addressed the U.S. Sugar Corp. controversy.

"U.S. Sugar Corp. has put $2-million dollars into Rod Smith's campaign. This is a Republican company who is trying to take over and buy a campaign for governor," Davis told the more than 400 in attendance. "I told some of you they were going to burning me at the stake. It's already started." He turned to the guest of honor, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, and said: "I, too, Max am about to experience the wrath of swift boat ads. These are ads that nobody is responsible for but everybody gets to see."

Davis said the attacks, which have been put out by third-party groups financed by the sugar giant, are proof special interests are afraid of him. He mentioned one of the ads rips him for not supporting the minimum wage. Davis pointed out that the vote was a side issue that would have dealt with white collar professionals and funeral directors. "You know what, speaking of funeral directors, we need to bury U.S. Sugar."

Smith - who arrived after Davis spoke ("I flew in, clearly not by helicopter") - spent most of his speech on other matters but pointedly addressed the issue. "Nobody owns me. Nobody rents me. And nobody gets a free ride," he said. He spoke to the Buzz on his way out. "Congressman Davis' problem with labor, working families and agriculture is based on his record in Congress. And their decision is based on his record in Congress."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:15pm]


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