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Kottkamp's ex-partner thinks he will run

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's friend and ex-law partner, John Morgan, says he thinks Kottkamp will run for attorney general in 2010.

"As I've talked to him over the last couple days there's a real enthusiasm in his voice,'' he said. "I think he would be a fantastic attorney general."

Morgan, a longtime Democratic fundraiser who crossed party lines to support the Kottkamp-Charlie Crist ticket in 2006, said he has encouraged Kottkamp to run -- and to make eliminating the lieutenant governor's office part of his platform. Kottkamp faces criticism that he has abused his access to taxpayer-funded planes and car service.

"I think he's gotten an unfair shake,'' Morgan said. "You wake up every day as lieutenant governor and have to figure out what you should be doing. Cut a ribbon at a new shuffleboard court or something...Anybody that sets themselves up to be lieutenant governor is asking for a world of hurt."