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Former TV anchor challenging John Thrasher



We hear veteran Jacksonville area TV anchor Deborah Gianoulis has filed to challenge Sen. John Thrasher in the general election. It's a heavily Republican district, but Gianoulis is well known in the district and was a prominent opponent of SB 6, the controversial merit pay bill pushed by Thrasher.

The Senator/GOP chairman from  certainly has his hands full, and we've already heard some grass roots activists start grumbling again about their party chairman being stretched too thin. Think about it.  Thrasher now has to raise money for his own campaign, probably deal with a primary challenge as well as a general election contest. Meanwhile, he has to raise money for the state GOP, referee a bitter primary between Rick Scott and Bill McCollum, try to rebuild the beleaguered state GOP, contend with assorted state and federal criminal investigations swirling around leading Republicans, and possibly deal with another special session.

"Sen. Thrasher has proven that he is battle-tested and can handle all his commitments to his constituents and fellow Republicans,'' Thrasher spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said. "Anyone who thinks or says any different simply does not know John Thrasher."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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