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A Letter from Tom Lee



In a letter to supporters, Republican CFO candidate Tom Lee touts an endorsement from Bob Crawford, a Democrat who served as Florida's agriculture commissioner for much of the '90s. Crawford, according to the blurb, says Lee, the outgoing Senate president, has "the right combination" of small business experience and legislative experience.

With Lee's Democratic rival, Alex Sink, clearly making inroads with Republican donors, it's vital for Lee to match that with endorsements like Crawford's. This news also calls to mind a historical fact worth pondering: Crawford, who was Senate president from 1988-1990, is the only person to leap from that job to statewide office in modern times. Among those who failed were Jack Mathews (governor, 1970); Harry Johnston (governor, 1986) and John Vogt (treasurer, 1988).   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:50pm]


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