The Terri Card

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Balls.

That’s what it takes to wave a red cape in front of the angry bull that social conservative voters can be, but that is apparently the campaign strategy of former Pinellas Sheriff and current legislator Everett Rice. Rice has posted a blog item excoriating his opponents for Florida Attorney General, former Congressman Bill McCollum and state Rep. Joe Negron, for their stances on intervening in the Terri Schiavo case last year. Rice was one of a handful of legislators who voted against allowing the state to intervene in Schiavo’s death. “This isn't conservative,” Rice wrote of his opponents' stances. “It's political pandering to the religious right.”

A gutsy move, if perhaps suicidal in a Republican primary.

(Disclaimer: Rice was a longtime political consulting client of mine.)

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