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Possible Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Looking Toward '06

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist, CFO Tom Gallagher and Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings all have their eyes on the state’s top job.

Since Christmas, Crist has opened a 50-year-old civil rights case, settled a suit with A T&T and offered up his own first-ever law enforcement of the year award.

CFO Tom Gallagher has held news conferences for the "Healthy Kids" program and gotten high profile TV time for letting an 11-year-old set up a lemonade stand in the Capitol after she was denied a permit for the stand in Miami Beach.

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings has been at the governor’s side at every high profile event, including playing a role in announcing his budget request.

Ask any of the three if they are running, and the answer is interchangeable.

Never before has the Republican Party had so many viable candidates for the state’s top job, and with that viability comes the potential for dissension.

Minutes after Gallagher scheduled a news conference to talk about tax breaks, an agency headed by the governor put out a release touting the same program.

So for now there are smiles, but the gloves are about to come off in the race to succeed Jeb Bush.


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