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Upbeat Florida Democrats prepare first-ever off-year coordinated campaign

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While Democrats across the country are fearing mid-term elections thanks to the poor approval ratings of Congress and the White House, Florida Democrats continue to argue optimistically that in the sunshine November will really be a referendum on the Republican leadership in Tallahassee.

Here's part of a new strategy memo from executive director Scott Arceneaux, who says the party, for the first time ever in a nonpresidential year, will launch a "comprehensive coordinated campaign" to turn out the vote:

Over the last six months, it has only gotten worse for the GOP. Republican Party chairman Jim Greer was finally taken away in handcuffs and his trial date has been set for October. The Greer indictment has exposed a wash of Republican corruption and the secret backroom deals surrounding him have implicated the entire Republican leadership from Bill McCollum to Dean Cannon to new Republican chairman John Thrasher. Floridians are forced to wonder which Republican politician or party boss will be indicted next while they listen to wire taps of Republican officials airing their dirty laundry.

Against this backdrop of corruption stands GOP candidate Rick Scott. Rick Scott, who as head of HCA/ Columbia ran a company that defrauded the taxpayers of the United States, was forced to resign in disgrace and watched as his company was forced to pay $1.7 billion in fraud fines.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:15am]

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