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Florida Weekend Review

  • Congressman Alan “my opponent is the Taliban” Grayson is really upset about the “blistering, evil negative ads” being run against him. “In front of my children, on my TV set, they’ve called me a liar, they’ve called me a loudmouth, they’ve said that I’m a national embarrassment, and this is their idea of constructive dialogue,” Grayson told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

  • Republican Rick Scott’s battle for the governor’s mansion is looking more like an uphill climb. By all measures, the race remains close, but several new polls put Democrat Alex Sink over the top. For what it’s worth, she’s also pulling strong endorsements from state media — even from GOP-friendly editorial boards which have endorsed Marco Rubio.

    The GOP nominee made headlines Friday after a state legislator told constituents Scott had given personal assurance that he would support a state law banning abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. Scott’s campaign denied he would support the bill, but that won’t prevent pro-choice groups from using the headline to rile up the base.

    The world is not completely bereft of good news for Scott, though. The Gulf Coast Business Review attempts to get past the 10-second soundbites regarding Scott’s business background and the record-setting fraud case against the health-care company he led. The story, titled “The Real Rick Scott,” describes the rise of the company Scott built, and reaches conclusions very favorable to the GOP nominee.

     

  • Jeff Greene, the billionaire primary rival of Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek, tells Politico that he would have had a greater shot at the prize: “I think I would’ve done better. I always said [Meek] would have had a difficult time against Charlie Crist in South Florida, which is exactly what’s happened.”

     

  • Second-district Republican Steve Southerland received a blow Friday when the National Rifle Association announced support for his opponent, blue-dog incumbent Allen Boyd. “I don’t need to be convinced during election time that Allen Boyd is a gun owner, because I’ve seen his guns. I don’t need to be convinced during election time that Allen Boyd is a hunter, because I’ve hunted with him,” an NRA lobbyist said.

    Southerland received the NRA’s highest rating, and his campaign responded to the news with tact and humor: “With the Obama-Pelosi-Boyd agenda spending our children and grandchildren into economic oblivion, who will be left that can afford the ammunition to practice our Second Amendment rights?”

     

  • Allen West is under attack for supposed connections with a biker gang, starting with this NBC News story. But it seems incongruous, indeed unlikely, that a man who served in the U.S. military for 22 years would condone an organization that, according to a DCCC email pushing the story, engages in methamphetamine production, arson, homicide and prostitution. West says it’s simply character assassination, and responds: “If she did her research, she’d know that the Outlaws do not accept blacks, Jews or gays.”

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