Talking Points understands that

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November 20, 2000 10:36 p.m.

Talking Points understands that every self-respecting post-election presidential candidate these days needs his surrogates. But why can’t George W. Bush at least get political hacks from Florida to make his case for him?

The Dems have Reps. Peter Deutsch D -Fla. and Robert Wexler D -Fla., two congressmen from the Palm Beach area, spinning for them. But who’s Bush got? Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y who told the AP today that “Miami-Dade has become ground zero for producing a manufactured vote” and Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio who called the balloting there “a joke on our democracy.” What’s the deal here? Why can’t Bush get any home grown talent?

And what’s with Marc Racicot, the governor of Montana? Since when is this guy Bush’s press secretary? What happened to Karen Hughes? Aren’t the folks in Montana starting to wonder why their governor has set up residence in Austin, Texas?

Is this the kind of scut work you have to do to get an appointment in the new Bush administration?

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