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Rod Works Gainesville



As Rod Smith shook hands with supporters and potential voters before the UF football game in Gainesville, he spotted a student wearing a blue jersey bearing the number 6 and "J. Davis" on the back.

"Story of my life," Smith muttered. Later, a plane flew over tailgaters carrying the words "VOTE ROD SMITH FOR GOV. GO GATORS."

Still in Gainesville, Smith ran into Bill Nelson, who said he voted for Smith during early voting.  Of course, it was Bill Nelson Jr., son of the incumbent senator and a UF student.  Smith then saw UF alum Alan Levine, Jeb Bush's former secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration. "This picture hurts both of us for sure," said Smith when he slapped Levine's back. Levine called Smith the "best Democrat running." Levine, you may recall, was blasted by Jim Davis when word got out he was in line for a private sector job.

-- Jennifer Liberto

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:43pm]


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