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Twitter photo with Darryl Rouson irks Kathy Castor

Rep. Darryl Rouson posted this photo to Twitter early Tuesday.

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Rep. Darryl Rouson posted this photo to Twitter early Tuesday.

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The photo looked harmless enough: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and state Rep. Darryl Rouson, both Democrats, standing side-by-side at St. Pete Pride. But with a hotly contested primary for a Tampa Bay Senate seat that's solidly Democrat-leaning, nothing is innocent.

Rouson tweeted the photo of him and Castor on Tuesday. Less than an hour later, Castor replied:

Nice pic, but I've endorsed @EdNarain for State Senate! Ed is an outspoken advocate for all of Tampa Bay! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/FR7cKWkRvT

— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) June 28, 2016

@darrylrouson Do not use picture of two of us together again You're implying my support. I support Ed Narain @EdNarain for State Senate Thx

— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) June 28, 2016

Rouson, who lives in St. Petersburg, is one of three candidates seeking the District 19 seat in the Florida Senate. The others are Rep. Ed Narain and former Rep. Betty Reed, both of Tampa. The race has divided local Democrats, though Narain has garnered high-profile endorsements in Castor and Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner.

The photo has since been taken down.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:54am]

    

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