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Would teachers union help bankroll indy campaign by Crist?



We've heard a fair amount of speculation that the grateful Florida Education Association could launch a major independent expenditure campaign against Marco Rubio or for Charlie Crist. But you have to wonder how much the teachers union wants to invest in a federal senate race, when there's so much else on the ballot this year in Florida.

"There are plenty of other things on the ballot this year. We're obviously going to be hugely interested in the governor's race, legislative races, a number of ballot initiatives,'' said FEA spokesman Mark Pudlow. "We obviously have plenty on our plate....We're more interested in what goes on in Tallahassee than what goes on in Washington."

Kendrick Meek, father of the class size amendment, has close ties with the FEA, though it has not yet made a general election endorsement. And btw, we've heard a couple people say 40 percent of the membership is Republican. Not so. Pudlow wouldn't release a registration number, but noted that the biggest block is Democrats and the next biggest is independents. "The two latter categories are larger than the Democrats."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:29am]


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