Florida Republicans declared themselves one big happy family at their annual gathering Friday, seeking to banish any hard feelings lingering from a divisive governor's race before the high-stakes Nov. 2 election.
At this reunion of hundreds of party activists, politicians and donors, gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott is the uncle who married into the family and makes everybody a little nervous. Senate contender Marco Rubio, the former House Speaker and a national star, is the favorite son. And President Barack Obama is the bitter enemy who binds them together.
``This is like the world's biggest Kumbaya party,'' said Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. ``I didn't need a unity speech.''