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Rubio heads to Panhandle but don't call it a photo-op



New state Rep. Matt Gaetz is circulating an e-mail inviting Panhandle residents to join him and Marco Rubio at two town hall meetings Thursday to talk about the oil disaster. But lest you get confused that Rubio is seeking some of the media exposure Gov. Charlie Crist is getting -- and most other candidates are trying to grab -- Gaetz says:

"Speaker Rubio’s visit is not a photo-op. Lately our community has been fatigued by photo-ops and light on meaningful solutions. Speaker Rubio will be participating in a series of town hall forums and roundtables to get at the core of how the federal government should be responding."

One thing to watch is whether Rubio is asked to address his position on offshore drilling. He says it should continue if done safely, while the formerly pro-drilling Crist says the BP mess is a wake-up call.

Walton County Town Hall

Time:  11:30am – 12:30pm
Location:  Edgewater Beach Condominium – Riviera Room
Address:  291 Scenic Highway 98, Miramar Beach
Special Guests:  Walton Sheriff Mike Adkinson, State Rep. Marti Coley

Santa Rosa Town Hall

Time:  3:15 – 4:30
Location:  Navarre Visitors Center
Address:  8543 Navarre Parkway, Navarre
Special Guests:  Santa Rosa Property Appraiser Greg Brown, Santa Rosa Commissioner Lane Lynchard

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:45am]


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