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Florida's nastiest primary: Mica v. Adams



Orlando Sentinel has a report on a debate between Republican U.S. Reps. Sandy Adams and John Mica, who find themselves competing in a GOP primary due to redistricting.

Their dislike for each other was obvious Tuesday, as they debated at a Tiger Bay luncheon in downtown Orlando. Adams portrayed Mica as a profligate spender, saying he had presided over the "bloating-ness" of federal agencies like the General Services Administration.

"This has got to stop," said Adams. "This is what we had said, as the 87 freshman when we took office."

Mica pointed out that he had identified millions in savings during his career and consistently worked to lower taxes. "This campaign is about record versus rhetoric," said Mica. "People go to Washington and they talk about doing things … but you've got to look at somebody who makes a difference."

Mica and Adams have been pitted against one another by state redistricting. It is the first time longtime political observers can recall two sitting members of Congress forced to battle it out in a primary.

So far, the race has been testy. Adams has called Mica a "bully," while Mica has been dismissive of Adams. Tuesday, though the pair stood just a few feet apart, Mica rarely used Adams' name, referring to her instead as "the other candidate."

Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:04pm]


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