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Smith Blasts Davis



The Rod Smith campaign on Thursday blasted Democratic rival Jim Davis for missing a meeting of the Florida Congressional delegation Wednesday regarding oil drilling. "It’s no secret that Congressman Davis has the second-worst voting record in Congress. But to skip a meeting that is so crucial to Florida’s future so he can campaign is an absence that is simply inexcusable," spokesman David Kochman said. "And then to grandstand about being a leader on this issue just adds insult to injury."

Davis issued a news release Wednesday saying he would offer a substitute amendment to give greater protection to Florida's beaches in the event of an oil spill, unless the Rules Committee blocked him from doing so. It did, but Davis was not in town to argue against that, the Smith campaign noted.

But Davis is in Washington today for the floor debate on offshore oil drilling. "We should be debating here today raising fuel efficiency standards, investing in research and development for the next generation of alternative and renewable energy," he said in a speech televised on CSPAN. "We should not be sacrificing the environment, the economy of the state of Florida, for just a little oil and gas."

---Alex Leary

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:05pm]


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