Friday, August 25, 2006


The Miami Herald makes it's recommendation for a couple of statewide offices today. In the Democratic primary for Florida Attorney General, State Senator Walter G. "Skip" Campbell of Fort Lauderdale gets the nod on the Herald editorial page. The endorsement calls Campbell "an effective lawmaker, especially on consumer issues. With Republicans dominating the Senate, he was the only Democrat appointed to chair three committees. He sees the attorney general's role as being the state's No. 1 consumer advocate."

Meanwhile, in the Republican primary for state Chief Financial Officer, the Herald's recommendation goes to Senate President Tom Lee of Brandon. The editorial reads that "The perfect CFO would combine Mr. Lee's leadership with Mr. [primary opponent Randy] Johnson's passion. On balance, we like Mr. Lee's ability to push through reform and give him the nod".

The Palm Beach Post has not endorsed a candidate in the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, but it's editorial page today blares "Anybody but Harris", and ends:

"All three [primary opponents LeRoy Collins, Jr., William McBride, and Peter Monroe] have some uncomfortably extreme positions. Mr. Monroe wants to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop immigration, and he would be OK with military action against Cuba to establish an American-friendly government after Fidel Castro. Mr. McBride thinks Congress was right to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case and opposes wider embryonic stem-cell research. Like the others, Mr. Collins supports President Bush on Iraq, but he is less willing to consider that the president might need to reconsider his strategy.

"All, though, have the advantage of not being Katherine Harris. Republican voters can choose Mr. Monroe - who acknowledges the problems in Iraq and has served in government - and hope that the protest vote saves their party the further embarrassment of Rep. Harris' candidacy."


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