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Mike Haridopolos, the $1 million man



Yep, there are solid reasons for George LeMieux, Connie Mack, Adam Hasner, Nick Loeb and co. to be very afraid of Mike Haridopolos' Senate campaign. At a single event at Orlando's airport last week, the Florida Senate president raised about $1 million. Legislative leadership clearly has its advantages as lobbyists flew in with $10,000 in checks.

"When you have the relationships that I built up over the last 11 years, I don't have to spend hours on the phone convincing people who I am ... I've got a lot of friends,'' said the Merritt Island Republican, who contends his political future will be determined by his performance as Florida Senate president. "Look, we're really pleased where the campaign stands, but I think everyone notices we're absolutely focused on my job."

He also picked up the endorsement of Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, who was on hand for the event.



[Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:22pm]


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