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Rob Simmons

Sen. John McCain Praised George Gallo In His Heyday

Some Capitol insiders are still shaking their heads that former state Republican chairman George Gallo is going to prison for accepting kickbacks in political campaigns. Gallo's case caught many off-guard as they were completely unaware that Gallo had been paid $117,000 by a Florida direct-mail house as part of his 10 percent agreement on more than $1 million in business for campaign mailers for Republican legislators. His sentence of a year and a day by a federal judge marked a huge fall for the once-high-flying political operative who had played at a high level. Back when Gallo was state chairman during the 2006 election cycle, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona sent a fundraising...

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