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State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St Pete??



Darryl There's Buzz that former St. Pete NAACP president and friend-o-Charlie Crist Darryl Rouson, has decided to switch from Republican to Democrat to run for the state House 55 seat being vacated by Frank Peterman. Rouson apparently decided wisely that even with his strong name recognition and reputation in the district, having an "R" by his name would be a suicide mission in the heavily African-American precinct.

Rouson will take some pointed questions about opportunism and loyalty to the Democratic party, but Buzz wouldn't bet a great deal against him as he faces (former?) frontrunner St Pete city council member Earnest Williams in the Democratic primary. Definitely a race to watch.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:13pm]


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