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Trailing, Gallagher sticks to The Plan



Almost from day-one of his campaign to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush, Tom Gallagher's highly touted campaign team talked of The Plan.

Veterans of the Bush-Cheney successful voter mobilization program, the pros advising the Republican chief financial officer talked up their laser-like precision for turning out socially conservative voters. Sure enough, with three weeks before early voting starts, the Gallagher team is faithfully and methodically sticking to the script it mapped out more than a year ago.

"Our plan has always been to build around something that would peak on election day, and we're still following that plan," Gallagher campaign spokesman Albert Martinez said.

Except it looks increasingly like Gallagher is riding that plan over a cliff. For all the talk about Gallagher's second-to-none advisers and consultants, the Republican governor's race has often felt like Charlie Crist faced no serious challenger. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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