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Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he met with Chip LaMarca to discuss state business -- not Senate race

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s official schedule showed he was meeting with Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca today, fueling speculation that they must be huddling about the Senate race.

As the only Republican on the County Commission and a former chair of the Broward GOP, LaMarca would be one of the few elected officials in the county to help Lopez-Cantera campaign in the left-leaning county. He is expected to announce his Senate race July 15th.

Their meeting prompted the Florida Democratic Party to continue to raise questions about whether Lopez-Cantera is campaigning on the state dime.

But both Lopez-Cantera and LaMarca told the Herald after the meeting that they didn't discuss the Senate race.

LaMarca told the Herald via text that they discussed new companies moving to Broward and “we talked about national politics and the presidential” race.

So Naked Politics asked: You didn’t discuss the Senate race at all?

“I asked him about it. He said he would be happy to chat with me when the time is right,” LaMarca said.

Lopez-Cantera told the Herald in an interview that he was in Broward to “reconnect with Commissioner LaMarca and talk about general topics of job creation and if he has any ideas about how we can be helpful.”

He also said that they talked about Uber, underground taxi companies that have been battling with other taxi companies as they try to operate in Broward and Miami-Dade.

As for a Senate bid, “the subject came up but I told him there would be another time to talk about that. I was more concerned with other pressing matters," Lopez-Cantera said.

The meeting with LaMarca was the only state business for Lopez-Cantera in Broward today. He speaks to the Clay County Republican Party in Jacksonville tonight.

Here is our earlier post.

This blog has been updated with comments from Lopez-Cantera.

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