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Davis campaigns in Central Florida

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Davis has been hammering Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist this week for failing to speak out against an insurance plan passed by the Legislature earlier this year.

But when Davis was asked Saturday what he did to thwart the plan, he said: "It's a state issue. There's nothing I could have done in Congress.''

That's true, though Davis offered his opinions as a candidate for governor on other issues during the legislative session, including teacher salaries and school construction. He even missed a congressional vote reauthorizing the Patriot Act to attend Gov. Jeb Bush's State of the State address in Tallahassee.

Davis spent Saturday stumping for votes in Central Florida: meeting with Kiwanis members at a waterfront park in Cape Canaveral, Democratic activists at a community college in Palm Bay, and families and retirees at a gymnasium in Daytona Beach. He was also scheduled to campaign at "backyard rebellions'' in Ocala and Spring Hill to highlight voters'  frustration with rising property taxes and insurance rates.

"The insurance law allows them to raise our rates witout even asking,'' he said in Daytona Beach. "Our attorney general has not stood up for us when we needed him, and I will.''