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Watch the dominoes tumble if Crist jumps




Enough about President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. Gov. Charlie Crist is poised to deliver Florida a gigantic political stimulus package.

If the governor decides next month to run for the U.S. Senate rather than re-election, as is widely expected, get ready for the wildest election cycle Florida has seen in modern history: five races for open statewide offices. That, in turn, leads to a dizzying number of other offices opening up as politicians jump for newly opened opportunities for promotion.

"It would be the mother of all domino effects,'' said Republican strategist Brett Doster of Tallahassee.

Imagine Tampa Bay watching local favorites like Republican Charlie Crist run for U.S. Senate, Democrat Alex Sink run for governor, Republican St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker run for governor and Democratic Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio run for chief financial officer. It's not so far-fetched given the vast number of politicians waiting to see if Crist utters the word "Senate."

Full story - and list of potential contenders - is HERE

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:37pm]


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