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Published: August 8, 2012
Florida Senate District 12 (DEM): Victoria Siplin vs. Geraldine Thompson
The mere mention of the name "Siplin" in most social strata elicits at best a giggle and at worst a slur. State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has exhausted his term limits, duly hopping into socially conservative territory, alleged fraud and, well, "droopy drawers" along the way. That doesn't say much for his wife, Victoria, who's already mucked things up by saying she worked for a Republican (even anti-Fair Districts) entity which apparently didn't pay her, and not saying much else to anyone. Thompson, on the other hand, has a solid Democratic record as a state House representative for six years. She doesn't deserve this Siplin circus. Nobody does.
Congressional District 9 (REP): Todd Long vs. John Quinones vs. Julius Melendez
Uh-oh, it's not just the Democrats that are suffering from splintering schizophrenia. District 9, which is one of the newbies drawn to appease Hispanic constituents, has drawn a crowded and confused field. Two Hispanics, Quinones and Melendez, are likely to split the Hispanic vote according to insiders, just like they've already split most Republicans: The Sentinel endorsed Melendez, while the big Republican money is behind Quinones. Conversely, Tea Party flat-top crazyperson Todd Long is waving the Chik-fil-A flag (and copies of his "book") in an effort to pluck away the rednecks that thrive in every Floridian dark corner. If Long pulls it off, he'll face righteous Democratic blowhard Alan Grayson in November, and we all know how that went last time. Hey, Todd, why the long face?
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