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Rod Smith still eyeing AG despite pal Aronberg’s announcement

by George Bennett | June 4th, 2009

State Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, and former Democratic state Sen. Rod Smith are such good friends that some Democrats saw Aronberg’s announcement today that he’s running for attorney general as a sign that Smith has decided not to run for AG.

Not so.

“I’m still very much considering getting into the attorney general’s race,” Smith said this afternoon.

Smith, Aronberg and state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, have been talking extensively over the last few weeks about avoiding a primary in the attorney general’s race. Smith and Aronberg are particularly close, with Aronberg one of Smith’s top supporters when Smith unsuccessfully sought the 2006 Democratic nomination for governor.

When Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel heard Aronberg was running for AG, he said, “I guess that means Smith isn’t going to run….My understanding was they had an understanding.”

Smith said he’d prefer to avoid a primary, but said, “I will be making my decision not based on what somebody else’s decision is.”

He added: “I think David Aronberg’s a good candidate. He’s a good person and I consider him a friend….You’re not going to hear me say bad things about him.”

Gelber wasn’t immediately reachable this afternoon.

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2 Responses to “Rod Smith still eyeing AG despite pal Aronberg’s announcement”

  1. kevin Says:

    In political speak that means i will not call your mother a slut but i sure as heck will say nasty things about what you believe.

  2. drop out Says:

    Gelber’s heroic and selfless profile in courage:droppng outta race after another dem gets way more $ and endrsmnts & star GOP gov gets in9:31 AM Jun 1st from web http://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes

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