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Lawmakers give rivals campaign meat

Republican lawmakers handed their rivals a new campaign message Tuesday.

Opponents of lawmakers who voted to end the special session without considering Gov. Charlie Crist’s proposed constitutional ban on drilling said they will likely highlight that decision in future debates, mailers and whistle stops.

“This issue will be part of an ongoing conversation about the culture of Tallahassee and the blatant abuse of power,” said Amy Mercado, a Democrat running against future House Speaker Dean Cannon.

Senate hopeful Kelly Skidmore hopes the vote to go home will doom whichever Republican makes it to the general election. “We took that right away from them, to be able to vote, and that is something, whoever my opponent is, that they will have to answer for,” said Skidmore, a House Democrat who supports the ballot measure.

If elected, CFO contender Lorrane Ausley would have no say in special session matters, but she nevertheless took the opportunity to point fingers at her rival, Senate President Jeff Atwater.

“It is just an example of politics as usual,” she said.