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Massachusetts Fallout

January 20th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

Tuesdays upset vote in Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy is causing shock waves in Florida. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the GOP victory in a historically Democratic seat shows how angry voters can be and has politicians struggling to understand that anger.

There was one word on Florida politicians minds Wednesday.


State Representative Joseph Abruzzo says the upset shows how angry people have become.

The people of the nation, and of course Florida, want to see us working together, rather than fighting all the time,” Abruzzo said.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paula Dockery thinks the unrest validates her long shot candidacy.

People are very angry and they want change,” Dockery said. “Theyre hurting and they dont think anyone is looking out for them.

Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber thinks the anger in Massachusetts may not transfer to Florida voters, but…

It took us a decade to get into this hole, and were not going to get out of it overnight,” Gelber said.

And Governor Charlie Crist says the vote shows people want what he has already been giving them.

People want people in government to understand that theyre the boss, to work for them everyday,” Crist said. “Thats what Scott Brown talked about in his campaign, thats what weve done as governor.

The Democrats best shot at winning the Governors mansion is with Alex Sink. She says its clear people dont want politicians running things.

People are looking, I believe, for a new and different kind of leadership,” Sink said. “Somebody who understands business, who can talk to business people, who can figure out how we can turn our economy around.

Democrats in Massachusetts learned they can no longer count on independent voters. But that is something Florida Democrats learned a long time ago.

One the election is certified Democrats no longer have supermajority in the Senate, forecasting problem with the health care reform bill.

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