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Rubio vs. Crist - the sequel



Not only has House Speaker Marco Rubio criticized Gov. Crist's energy initiatives with an op-ed piece in the Miami Herald, but he also submitted this column on gambling to Florida Baptist Witness.

"Recent votes in the Florida Legislature, Gov. Charlie Crist's actions to allow pro-gambling bills to become law, and public opinion polls suggest gaming proponents are growing increasingly successful in convincing Floridians to accept expanded gambling," Rubio writes. ..."[F]loridians who oppose gambling must also send a message that there is an electoral price to be paid for supporting gambling. Second, we must mobilize against any efforts to expand gambling anywhere in our state. I have pledged my commitment to work against a gambling referendum that will take place in January in Miami-Dade."

What gives? Is Rubio simply expressing his views (he contacted Baptist Witness to clarify something in an earlier article) or is there something deeper at work? Will there be a Rubio-Crist showdown in 2010?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:54pm]


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