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Taddeo to Ros-Lehtinen: Say more on the bailout

Annette Taddeo's campaign pounced on Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Friday for not speaking out more on the Bush administration's bailout plan - but Ros-Lehtinen's camp says otherwise.

A Taddeo release criticizes the Republican's "silence" and says she has received more than $800,000 in contributions from the financial services industry during her 19 years in Congress: "Ros-Lehtinen votes consistently with President Bush to reward Wall Street and remove accountability," it says.

Ros-Lehtinen's campaign says the Congresswoman has been on the airwaves giving interviews on the bailout, including Friday morning on Univision and one scheduled for Friday night on Telemundo.

Ros-Lehtinen signed onto two amendments to the proposal earlier this week. They would not allow taxpayer funds to be used for CEO pay and would require that top managers in companies that benefit from the bailout be fired.

Taddeo said she opposes the Bush administration's original proposal unless it has protections for homeowners, restrictions on CEO pay and more oversight from Congress.

None of the three South Florida Congressional Republicans running for re-election - Ros-Lehtinen and Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart - have been on particularly outspoken about the $700 billion bailout plan. Some House Republicans stalled the agreement Thursday night after other officials had said a deal had been reached.

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