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No inter-party deals in Senate races



Buzz has been chasing down a new rumor each day ever since we reported that Skip Campbell was considering getting out of the Senate race earlier this week.

Campbell Campbell has yet to officially confirm what he's doing. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson said Friday afternoon he was awaiting word from Campbell. But both Lawson and Sen. Dave Aronberg told the Buzz on Friday that Democrats have not been wheeling and dealing with Republicans over Senate seats.

Buzz asked about a rumor that Democrats were considering offering up a weak contender to run against incoming Senate President Jeff Atwater in return for Republicans backing down on attacks on Aronberg and Sen. Gary Siplin, among others. (Also fueling rumors, the mysterious cancellation of a Republican fund raiser for Siplin's challenger Belinda Ortiz Thursday night --- did that signal a detente?)

"No, I'm not considering a deal like that," said Lawson who insisted that if there was any such deal going on, he'd be in charge of it.  "It’s a Democratic district. It's a strong year for Democrats. To cut a deal like that would disenfranchise all the Democrats in Broward and Palm Beach counties."

"You're going to hear a lot of rumors flying around, but there's no deal," Lawson added.

Buzz caught up with Aronberg and he too denied talking to any Republicans about cutting any sort of deals.  "I’ve not spoken to anyone in the Republican party, nor do I intend do," he said.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:26am]


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