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The young'ins who want to replace Bill Nelson

George LeMieux celebrates his 42nd birthday today, a reminder of the youthful crop of Republicans aiming to take on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Cranky old pols they are not.

The other Republicans:

  • Mike Haridopolos, 41 -- March 15, 1970
  • Adam Hasner, 41 -- Nov. 25, 1969

Will they make an issue of Nelson's age (68 -- Sept. 29, 1942)? That's a risky call in Florida, and the exercise nut Nelson could probably run literal laps around his competitors, short shorts and all. But look for the Republicans to work another angle by stressing Nelson is a career politician first elected to the Florida House in 1972.

Back then, LeMieux was 3.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:22pm]


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