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Task force formed in FL 13 race



Updated: The Buzz has learned that the U.S. House Administration Committee has formed a three-person task force to look into the disputed Sarasota congressional race.

An official announcement has not been made yet, but it seems that last week's news about a possible problem with the touchscreen machines may have led Committee Chairman Juanita Millender-McDonald to act.

The task force will be made up of two Democrats and one Republicans. The Democrats will be Reps. Charles Gonzalez of Texas and Zoe Lofgren of California with Gonzalez serving as chairman.

The top Republican on the committee, Rep.Vernon Ehlers, has not appointed a Republican to the task force yet, though the Democrats are saying it will Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. Ehlers said he doesn't feel a task force should meet until after the Florida lawsuits have been settled -- as is the usual practice for such groups.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:38pm]


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