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Lawmaker asks for (American Idol) votes

Rep. Jim Frishe spent Wednesday night voting ... for an American Idol contestant.

"I think I was in bed and my wife finally said, 'Oh put that away,'" he said, referring to his cell phone (yes, his cell phone). He spent the night voting for his cousin's daughter, Didi Benami, who is a contestant on American Idol. The St. Petersburg Republican also sent an e-mail to his supporters, asking them to vote for Benami:

To everyone who is still awake:

My cousin's daughter, Didi Benami, has just performed on American Idol and needs your vote to continue to the next level. Please take a minute right now to call 1-866-439-5705. This is her number and it does not cost you a dime, but could make all the difference in the world in her life. I may be biased, but I think she is terrific. She comes from a good family and could really use your vote. Once again, the number is 1-866-436-5705 or text "vote" to 5705. Jim Frishe

(Hat-tip to Saint Petersburg 2.0.)

Frishe said he'll watch nervously tonight. Benami was in the bottom last week and was blasted by the four judges last night. Wrongly so, Frishe said.