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Is Holly Benson quitting to run for AG?

Holly Benson It's just a routine meeting on Gov. Charlie Crist's daily schedule: "1 :55 p.m., meeting with Secretary Holly Benson, Agency for Health Care Administration." But Benson asked for the meeting, and it comes amid growing speculation that Benson, a former GOP lawmaker from Pensacola, may quit her state post to challenge Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Crist said he didn't know what Benson wants to discuss "Well, I've heard the speculation too. I don't know what exactly she's going to say in that meeting, but I have enormous respect for her." The meeting comes a day after Kottkamp posted a modest $180,000 in contributions last quarter.

In a different context (the possibility of Sen. Paula Dockery running for governor), Crist said; "I always think competition is good. I'm an old ballplayer, I thought competition was good."

-- Steve Bousquet