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October 12, 2012

Craig Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio talk it up with FIU students

Florida International University’s College Republicans moved the Craig Romney/Marco Rubio partisan event to the “Stadium Club” Friday morning because of an “overwhelming response from South Florida.”

A Romney supporter in the second row asked a group of students if they had seen this morning’s poll. “Sock it to them,” he said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who also teaches a Political Science class at FIU, spoke for less than 10 minutes. He touched on government’s intervention with corporations and how more taxes limits investment.

Craig Romney spoke about his father’s role in the household, raising sons and even an anecdote about him duct-taping his shoes.

While Rubio left shortly after his speech, Romney lingered to talk to reporters and take pictures with FIU students, including members of their Student Government Association. “You think of the youth vote typically going for the Democrats,” Romney said. “You’ve seen a bit of a shift.”

-Miami Herald reporter Anthony Cave

PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Cave

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Bondi's support of judicial campaign draws criticism

Bondi TamayoAttorney General Pam Bondi's endorsement of Leon County Circuit Judge Josefina Tamayo's campaign has drawn the ire of a local county commissioner who thinks she should butt out.

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor said he will file complaints both with the Judicial Qualifications Commission regarding Tamayo's campaign and the Florida Bar regarding Bondi's actions, television station WTXL reported Thursday.

Bondi defended herself in a statement to the Herald/Times today and reiterated her support for Tamayo: "I am committed to a judiciary that is fair, balanced and renders justice to all. Therefore, I wholeheartedly endorse Judge Tamayo whom I've knownfor two decades to be an honest and ethical attorney.  Since she has been a Circuit Judge, she has maintained her humility as well as her great integrity."

Tamayo was appointed to the circuit court by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010 to fill a vacancy created by another judge's retirement. Before that, she served as general counsel for various state agencies and also was a prosecutor, like Bondi. She is now running for election in what is a nonpartisan race, facing attorney Barbara Hobbs in the November runoff. The race has grown increasingly nasty with each side accusing the other of misleading or inappropriate campaigning.

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