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Haridopolos to use tax CCE to seal Sen. Prez. bid

Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, says he basically has the senate presidency locked up for 2010, but he needs to barnstorm the state to collect more votes and use his committee of countinuous existence, the Committee for Florida's Fiscal Future, to pay for it all.

Haridopolos said he'll also use the committee, which he formed just before the regular March lawmaking session, to stump for tax cuts, but that'll take a back seat to his presidency bid. The CCE's account is small right now, having raised just $14,500, but Haridopolos expects that to change.

Haridopolos got a boost during the June special session when Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, withdrew his bid and swung support to Haridopolos. "I guess I'd rather make the presiding officer, rather than be one," Alexander said. "Haridopolos is nonstop. He lives and breathes this stuff."

The major obstacle: Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton. "This ain't a sprint, it's a marathon," he said. "No one is senate president in 2010 right now. Not me. Not Mike."

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