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Rod Smith's political plans

Domininoes are falling and phone lines are burning up (2 stale cliches in one sentence!) now that Crist Rodsmith has announced his candidacy for Senate. Here's where Democratic former state Sen. and gov, candidate Rod Smith stands:

1. He's looking seriously at running for attorney general and not considering any other race. 2. He hasn't made a decision but expects to within the week. 3. A Democratic primary challenge would not in itself stop him from running,  but of course he would sure prefer not to have that.

"You can't expect that you're going to enter in without any competition in the primary. But given what I expect will be difficicult year for downticket fundraising I wish there was a way something could be worked out so that wouldn't happen," he told Buzz. Other contenders include Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber.

Smith, 59, said he has been mulling the possibility of running, but kept thinking Crist would not make the move everybody expected. "I kept thinking in the end the governor was not going to decide to leave right now. I thought ultimately he would decide not to leave at this difficult time," said Smith, noting that next year is likely to be even rockier for the state than this year.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:00pm]


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