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Priorities: Tom Petty or Jim Davis?



It took Janet Reno two days. Tom Gallagher, two days. Rod Smith - two weeks and counting. Losers of hard-fought primary contests may want nothing to do with the victor but are typically quick to show up at unity events that, with broad smiles and firm handshakes, are designed to send a signal to voters and campaign contributors that from here on out, it's the party that matters.

Yet Smith has yet to appear on stage with gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, who won the Sept. 5 primary by 52,718 votes. Smith's absence raises questions about unity in the Democratic Party at a time when it is essential for a victory over Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican who this week flew around the state to trumpet more than 100 Democrats who are supporting him. More here.

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


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