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Pro and Con on Negron's Chances



Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he's eager to hit the campaign trail to help Joe Negron win the congressional seat vacated by the disgraced Mark Foley. Bush said he left a voice-mail message.

"He's got an extraordinary challenge here. This has never been done before," Bush said, referring to the difficulty of asking people to vote for the name of a disgraced politician. "But Joe is a straight shooter, great guy, he's got a compass."

Bush disagreed and seemed a bit angry with published remarks attributed to Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the majority leader, among others, dismissing the fight for Foley's seat as a lost cause with Mark Foley's name still on the ballot.

"I saw that, and I don't know how anybody would know that," Bush said. "I've never felt that you should underestimate voters. There's a tendency to do that among the talking heads, particularly the further away the talking heads are."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:49pm]


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