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Tampa Bay GOP pressures Crist to pick Mike Bilirakis for U.S. Senate



Pasco County GOP leader Bill Bunting and others in the Tampa Bay area are keeping pressure on Gov. Charlie Crist to select former U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, for the vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Bunting spoke to Crist on Sunday and plans to again Friday in Orlando, where the Republican Party of Florida is gathering for its quarterly meeting. Bunting has also sent Crist a letter calling Bilirakis, "a true statesman" with Washington experience. "He would serve the people of Florida with respect and dignity."

Bilirakis told the Buzz yesterdaythat he would serve the 16 months left in Mel Martinez's term but that Crist has not called.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:58pm]


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