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Vern Buchanan for U.S. Senate?



U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, had left the door open a crack for jumping into the wide open Republican U.S. Senate primary and had expected to make a final decision around the new year. Well, we hear he's made it. Breath easy Adam Hasner, George LeMieux, and co: Buchanan's not running.

We hear the idea of giving up Florida's only seat on Ways & Means, and the influence Buchanan has now on tax reform, trade and health policy simply made no sense to him. Why trade that to become a freshman senator?

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:03pm]


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