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Heckuva way to start your Florida campaign swing, Willard.

According to local and national press reports, the Republican nominee held a campaign event in Miami last night hosted by Reinaldo Bermudez, a convicted cocaine trafficker.

The AP reports that Bermudez was part of a conspiracy uncovered by a federal investigation that seized over a ton of cocaine smuggled from Colombia:

Bermudez was identified as one of 12 people accused in a Colombian drug smuggling operation. The arrests followed a seven-month investigation led by the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Agents seized about 2,850 pounds of cocaine at three South Florida ports over several months.
Bermudez pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and served three years in a federal prison.

The campaign has thus far not answered media inquiries about Romney's ties to Bermudez, but the cocaine trafficker was succinct in his explanation:  "Here in Miami there are a lot people with money who have had problems with the law."

Well -- Willard's gonna need a lot of that money.  He's running for office, for Pete's sake!

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