Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Crist to push the first big domino of the political season

Not to belabor the metaphor, but Gov. Charlie Crist's expected announcement today that he is running for the U.S. Senate will be the first domino to fall in what certainly will be a wild political season leading to the November 2010 elections.

The Bradenton Herald's Carl Mario Nudi reports on how the bones might break in Manatee:
Crist is expected to announce today that he will run for the soon-to-be vacated seat of Republican Sen. Mel Martinez, setting off a high-stakes game of musical chairs that will completely overhaul the upper echelon of state government in 2010.

To complicate the issue even more in Manatee, the legislative seats Reps. Bill Galvano and Ron Reagan will have to relinquish because of term limits have the local Republican and Democratic parties scouting for candidates to fill various scenarios.

“This is going to be really exciting,” said Kathy King, chairwoman of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee. “The talk is all about the domino effect.”
The Miami Herald this morning offers a more statewide perspective on what might happen in the wake of Crist's announcement.

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