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Kottkamp and the flag



Crist's new running mate, state Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, was forced to do some explaining of his own Monday in his first full day of campaign appearances as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.As a freshman House member in 2001, Kottkamp was one of dozens of lawmakers who co-sponsored a racially charged proposal to keep the Confederate flag flying at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.

The first sign of controversy over the flag legislation came in Fort Lauderdale. Crist'schief of staff, George LeMieux, interrupted a Miami TV reporter who was questioning Kottkamp about the bill. "She asked him the same question four times," LeMieux said later. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:46pm]


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