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Jerry Melvin wants old House seat back, takes shot at Ray Sansom



Jerry Melvin, a longtime House Republican who faced terms limits in 2002 and paved the way for Ray Sansom, plans to run for his old seat.

A story in the Destin Log quoted Melvin as saying he would seek changes mandating a committee hearing before anything is inserted into the budget, a clear rebuke of the budget maneuvers that got Sansom into trouble.

Melvin, who is 80, is just one of several GOP candidates. Matt Gaetz, son of Sen. Don Gaetz, is also running. He worked as an aide to Sansom, for the Republican Party of Florida and as an attorney to developer Jay Odom.

Melvin had a sometimes rocky tenure in the House. He drew fire from Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and others for for derogatory remarks toward Cubans. In denying he slammed Jewish lawmakers for not supporting an education bill, he said, "You thought we had shot them -- every one -- or lined them up against the damn wall."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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