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Haridopolos: Rubio-Crist pundit?



Haridop We wondered what was up with this little nugget that came to us today via e-mail from Patrick Flanary of "The Publicity Agency, A Selig Multimedia, Inc. Company" in Tampa:

Let me know if we can line you up with Sen. Mike Haridopolos, the incoming Fla. Senate president, regarding the dead heat between Rubio and Crist.  Haridopolos can articulately speak on strengths/weaknesses of both candidates, and has not endorsed either of them.

So we called Haridopolos, and while he stressed that his goal is "not to be Mr. P.R.," he is in fact using the Tampa agency (which his doctor wife, an MSNBC regular, uses) to handle any future punditry requests. MSNBC? Fox News? CNN?

"I'm putting it out there as me being a person who knows them both well, and I'm one of those who hasn't taken sides," he said. "I thought, at the end of the (fundraising) quarter, would be a good time to talk about this. It's always good to bring attention to Florida."

Haridopolos, a former House rep, said he has "unique insight" into Crist and Rubio because he was on Crist's short list for LG candidates, and he worked with Rubio when Rubio was in the Legislature.

"I haven't taken a side yet, but as the primary gets closer, eventually I will take a side," he said. Until then, he's fielding inquiries from politico TV types like Mike Huckabee, he said.

Soooooo what are the strengths/weaknesses?

"Charlie is the best retail politician in Florida; in spite of recent events, he can really work a room," Haridopolos said.

And Marco?

"He's one of the best speakers we've got out there. And he's taken advantage of having the right message for the right time."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:15pm]


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