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Lt. Gov. welcomes Giuliani to his turf

Neither of Florida's top Republicans in Tallahassee -- Gov. Charlie Crist and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp -- have taken sides in the hardfought GOP presidential primary. But Kottkamp did give a nice introduction to Rudy Giuliani today at the Shell Point retirement community in Ft. Myers, which he represented when he served in the Florida House.

"We saw his amazing courage and leadership following the Sept. 11 attacks,'' Kottkamp said.

The kind words came before Giuliani took on Kottkamp's chosen profession - trial lawyer. "We sue each other too much,'' he said. "Too many lawsuits and too many that are frivolous.''

The campaign said, sigh, that Kottkamp's appearance was not an endorsement.