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Bob Smith joins race for Senate seat listen

06/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, WMNF ran the first part of an interview with former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith, who officially announced on Monday that he will challenge Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year.

The Sarasota resident yesterday that he’s running because he believes the Republican Party has lost its way and become Democrat-lite in some ways, as exemplified by Crist’s support for Barack Obama’s stimulus plan earlier t...

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New GOP Senate candidate critical of peers listen

06/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday Sarasota resident and former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith announced that he is a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year in Florida.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF spoke with Smith today about his candidacy. We began by asking him about the Obama administration’s moves so far in 2009 – Smith says the biggest issue he worries about is what he says has been the "intrusion into the private sector."

Stay tuned for the second half of this intervie...

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Meek gets key union endorsement in Senate bid listen

02/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning one of the biggest public employee unions in Florida endorsed Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek in the Senate race in 2010.

The endorsement by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is an early and strong boost for the Democrat. Currently, only Miami Beach Sen. Dan Gelber and North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns have announced their candidacies, though there could be several more announcing in the coming months.

Monica Russo is president of the Florida SEIU. She says...

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Jeb Bush will not run for U.S. Senate in 2010 listen

01/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Democrats and Republicans throughout Florida who fantasize about becoming a U.S. senator will now seriously contemplate a run after Jeb Bush announced today that he will not run for Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez.

Bush made the announcement today, saying "now is not the right time to return to elected office."

After the former governor said he was considering running for the seat last month, most political analysts said the seat was his for the taking, despite criti...

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