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Franks fires first in SD3 election

Democratic candidate for state Senate Suzan Franks today accused GOP rival Charlie Dean of denouncing third-party attacks while benefiting from the same groups. And she exposed a strategy other House Republicans may be seeing in the near future.

"Instead of proposing legislation to crack down on these groups, Charlie Dean has spent his time in Tallahassee voting for higher sales taxes ..." Franks said in a statement, referring to Marco Rubio's tax swap, which would have lowered property taxes by billions.

After narrowly beating Dennis Baxley in the Republican primary, Dean said he would push for a bill creating felony charges for political action groups that fail to disclose contributions and expenditures. Dean was on the receiving end of shady attacks but groups in his favor also worked against Baxley and third candidate Richard Corcoran. To Franks, that's a contradiction.

"She doesn't know what she's talking about," Dean told the Buzz. "I said I was going after those who were illegally registered. That's what I'm targeting."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:27pm]


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