Florida candidates launch campaigns in cyberspace

Americans everywhere are addicted to social networking sites. So it’s little wonder politicians are flocking there.
By Josh Hafenbrack Tallahassee Bureau
2:17 PM EDT, June 20, 2009

TALLAHASSEE – So long, stump speech. Hello Twitter.Florida candidates are launching their campaigns using social-networking shorthand, in tweets and Facebook messages instantly beamed to their online networks of friends and supporters and beyond.

An example: Sen. Dave Aronberg, D- Greenacres. By the time he stepped to the podium in Fort Myers to declare his candidacy for attorney general, the word was already out.

“Friends: After hearing from so many of you, I am following my heart and am running for Attorney General,” Aronberg wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Pls join us!”

Aronberg said he thumbed the message on his BlackBerry on the drive to his press conference.

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