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Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., ran unopposed in 2004. But now that his ties to convicted felon Jack Abramoff are receiving renewed scrutiny, he’s seen as politically vulnerable in 2008.

So when Democrats launched an ad campaign informing his constituents that he voted against children’s health insurance, he was compelled to respond.

Yesterday, he emailed his constituents a defense of his vote. He relied on the usual misinformation, which local blog Focus on Feeney ably took apart. Smashed Frog piled on as well.

But perhaps with Karl Rove gone, the conservative message discipline has gotten a little shaky.

Focus on Feeney caught the congressman making an extra-special gaffe — as in, when a politician accidentally reveals the truth.

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