Perhaps the most intriguing rumor to have emerged from the state attorney's race is the persistent murmuring that former acting U.S. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen is thinking about entering the fray. Lehtinen, a Republican, did not return phone calls seeking his comment, but Rundle acknowledged that she has heard the embattled Reagan-era appointee's name bandied about as a possible foe. "I know that's been the rumor," Rundle affirms. "I have no idea if it's true. I think it may be just speculation."

A Lehtinen-Rundle race, should it come to pass, also raises the possibility of an interesting matchup between two of Dade's most successful Cuban-American women A Rundle and Lehtinen's wife, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The congresswoman is expected to face little or no opposition in her bid for a fourth term in the House, and she might well be free to campaign for her husband in the Cuban community.

Candidates will file for the state attorney's race July 18-22.

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