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Weinstein takes 'chip shot' at Bean in Senate mailer



The Republican state Senate primary battle in Greater Jacksonville between former Rep. Aaron Bean and Rep. Mike Weinstein is one of the most closely-watched in the state.

A new comparative mail piece by Weinstein lashes Bean on a host of issues, from government spending to earmarks to taxes, and under the category of experience, notes that while Weinstein has held a variety of public sector jobs in Jacksonville, Bean is a "putt putt golf operator."

Cheap shot or chip shot?

Bean and his wife run a miniature golf course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Fernandina Beach.

"It's true," Bean says. "I haven't been in government for 35 years."

Weinstein's mailer also plays the geography card, claiming that if Bean, from Nassau County, wins the seat, "Jacksonville will lose Republican representation in the Senate."

This is much more than a fight for a single Senate seat, however: The race is crucial to Pinellas Sen. Jack Latvala's hopes of becoming Senate president in 2016.

Bean is being backed to the hilt by the Senate leadership triumverate of Don Gaetz, Andy Gardiner and Joe Negron, while Weinstein would likely be in Latvala's corner.

-- Steve Bousquet




[Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:41am]


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