*Jim Greer, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, flanked Bill McCollum as he launched his campaign for governor today - even though another Republican elected official, Charles Bronson hasn't said whether he's in or out. Last week, Greer sought to squeeze former House Speaker Marco Rubio out of the Senate race against Gov. Charlie Crist.
*All 10 Democratic members of the Florida delegation in Congress announced their support today for Alex Sink for governor. She doesn't have an opponent but the primary is 16 months away.
Both are examples of the aggressive approach -- some would say strong-arming -- by the state parties toward the wide-open 2010 election.
"I never think it's appropriate when you have multiple, viable candidates,'' said Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, which is slated to consider a resolution tonight calling for a "level playing field'' in the U.S. Senate race. "The idea is for real Republicans to vote on primary day, not for so-called primary leaders to tell people who to vote for."