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Charlie Crist

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    December 23, 2009

    A How-To Kit for Campaign Suicide, by Charlie Crist

    Flickr: gary_rominWas this photo taken in Crist's campaign HQs?​Since late last year, when Sen. Mel Martinez announced he wouldn't be running for reelection to his seat in 2010, it was Charlie Crist's to lose. He was one of the nation's most popular governors, with a knack for charming his detract ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist Ducks Questions From Conspiracy Theorists

    There's Charlie Crist trying to warm up an otherwise frosty crowd in Clearwater. None chillier than the men behind the camera, who (judging by the herky-jerky camera) are quivering in anticipation of rubbing elbows with the governor and U.S. Senate candidate.Awesome intro music, by the way. I thoug ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Should Politicians Have Known to Steer Clear of Rothstein?

    Flickr​In his interview yesterday with the Sun-Sentinel, Charlie Crist said that he considered Scott Rothstein a "friend." He said that until Rothstein's Ponzi scheme was discovered, Crist gave the Fort Lauderdale attorney the "benefit of the doubt." It appears Rothstein enjoyed the same status wi ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Rothstein Funded Charlie Crist's VP Effort

    Remember how Charlie Crist emerged on the "short list" to become John McCain's running mate last year? Maloman Photographers Crist with the Rothsteins at Versace mansion wedding.​Well, the behind-the-scenes money that helped make that happen came from, yes, of course, Scott Rothstein. Tho ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Terrifying Numbers for Crist in Rasmussen Poll; Can He Save His Campaign?

    FlickrFor Crist, that shirt collar's fitting a little tighter these days.​So much for that insurmountable lead. Those are the latest numbers from Rasmussen, which finds Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio tied at 43.It's obvious that as Obama's popularity has plummeted among Florida Republicans -- and F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Florida's Leading Republicans Offer Deafening Silence on Ethics Reform

    FlickrCrist: I'll pass this political football, thank you.​Three of the state's most influential Republicans have "talked the talk" on ethics reform in Florida, but yesterday we asked them to "walk the walk." Make a public statement backing the effort by the Florida Commission on Ethics to free it ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    A Crist-Miss Story: Florida's First Couple Celebrates First Anniversary... Separately

    ​Somehow, the marriage fraud for which Eric Affholter was convicted seems more honest than the marriage between Charlie Crist and Carole Rome. Both were high-profile attorneys for whom a marriage was rife with political intrigue. Only in Affholter's case, the marriage of his partner Pedro to a fem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Will Charlie Crist, George LeMieux Back Bill for Empowering Ethics Commission?

    Whattaya say to ethics reform, Senator? ​A bill that would expand the powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics has a snowball's chance in hell of being passed by the state Legislature -- unless...Unless the effort should attract political champions in high places. Two men who can move this mount ... More >>

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    December 5, 2009

    Five Reasons Charlie Crist Wants You To Call A Phone Sex Line

    flickr.com​If you haven't heard, the governor of this great state has been directing people to call a phone sex chat line.Anyone calling Charlie Crist's office heard a recording of the governor directing people to various social services, with URLs and phone numbers. The phone number he gave for F ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Charlie Crist's "Liberal Socialist" Agenda Revealed in Spooky Homemade Video

    "I got a big problem with you wanting to be the Senator of Florida," says the man in the video below, speaking in a folksy North Florida drawl to Charlie Crist. "Because in my opinion, after looking through your record as governor, I believe you are a Democrat. You are not a Republican. You're a Dem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    [Updated] Crist's Crusade for Ethics: Act of Incompetence? Or Campaign Gimmick?

    FlickrIt didn't make much of a splash in yesterday's news cycle, so let's try this again: The Florida Supreme Court has denied Charlie Crist's request for a special grand jury to investigate corruption in South Florida. From the get-go, it seemed like a bizarre request for Crist to make, especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Morning Juice: Deerfield Beach Burn Victim Talks; Governor Does Not

    ​Here's the view of the front page this Tuesday in Broward and Palm Beach:Charlie Crist came to Fort Lauderdale to drum up support from local Republicans and to duck questions about Marco Rubio. Check out the video -- Crist reacts to the Rubio name the way Captain Hook reacts to the ticking clock ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Note to Charlie Crist: In Making Case to Party's Right Wing, Best to Avoid Quoting Daily Kos

    Flickr: delusion256A baby performing its Crist impression.​Anxious to break Marco Rubio's momentum in their Senate race, Charlie Crist gave one of those "wide-ranging" interviews to the St. Petersburg Times yesterday, during which he invoked the sacred ancient text of The Gipper: I believe in Reag ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Crist's Three Disciples: Men Closest to Governor All From Broward

    LeMieux getting comfortable in the office Charlie scored for him.​Say this about young Broward County Republicans: They know a meal ticket when they see one. By my count, the three men who have the most crucial roles in getting Charlie Crist elected to the U.S. Senate are all from Broward.We know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Morning Juice: Crist Taps a School Board Member; Heart Attack Killed Picower

    ​For fresh material on the breaking news item of the moment, the stabbings in Manalapan, scroll down. Here's what else is happening in Broward and Palm Beach:That's not the day's only stabbing story. A 15-year-old in Coral Springs stabbed his 14-year-old brother to death during a fight over the vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Carole Crist's Strangely Secret Cameo in Palm Beach

    Try to invite a quorum next time, honey.​If the governor's wife holds a cancer-awareness event and no one is there to witness it, did it really happen?Yesterday, Carole Crist spoke at a luncheon at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Her goal was to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. But o ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    The LeMieux-Crist Master Plan Revealed: Senate Dominance by 2012

    Yes, you heard right. In the closing moments of that Capital News Service video, the reporter says that Broward County trailblazer George LeMieux "is leaving open the possibility that he'll run for U.S. Senate in 2012," when that darned Democrat Bill Nelson is up for reelection. Which means if his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Morning Juice: Senator Sidesteps Corruption Probe; Triple Murder in Lake Worth

    ​On what's unofficially the last week of summer, here's what's in the news:Florida's U.S. senator designate, George LeMieux, did not fall for an effort by Alan Mendelsohn, the Hollywood ophthalmologist and Charlie Crist fundraiser, to lure the administration into admitting complicity in the Mutual ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Shameless: Crist Taps LeMieux for Senate

    It seemed too nakedly cynical to be possible -- and yet it just happened. Pass the smelling salts.We warned Charlie Crist this could be his Harriet Miers moment. He didn't listen -- to us or to the people in his campaign who must have had the same anxieties. If Crist gets just half the public backla ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Meek Lambastes Crist for LeMieux Appointment; Rubio, When Will You Tweet?

    U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek​Congressman Kendrick Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate just released a statement about Charlie Crist's announcement that he was appointing former chief of staff George LeMieux to the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez.From the moment Senator Martinez a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Lawyer Pals Cheer LeMieux at Fort Lauderdale City Hall

    Photo by Lisa RabLeMieux hugs a friend while Crist looks on.​Standing next to Gov. Charlie Crist's famously tanned mug, George LeMieux looks positively pasty, like a British-transfer student on the first day of spring break. But no one cared this afternoon at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, where Crist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Will George Lemieux Be Crist's Harriet Miers?

    Crist and Martinez, whose Senate vacancy may be filled by the governor's "maestro."​That's the first name that popped into my head when I heard that Crist was serious about tapping his former chief of staff, George Lemieux, Broward County's most connected political player, to serve the remainder o ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009
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    July 29, 2009

    Tonight, Crist to Feed on Fort Lauderdale's Bluest Blood

    Charlie Crist will appear at a fundraiser tonight at the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For those that want to roll VIP, the price is 5-grand.Sorry, Charlie (middle). You won't be able to wear his cutoff T-shirt to tonight's swankfest. ​Not sure if that's a discount from the club's monthl ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Ex-Husband Maligns Crist Donors

    Flickr User: leyla.aJohnny and Michelle Damon: Baseball pays the bills, but politics -- and Crist -- is the passionCharlie Crist and wife Carole Rome are recently returned from a star-studded fund-raising trip to the Hamptons. Rome's ex, Todd Rome, was not invited, probably because he was a threat t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    In Turbulent Times, State Digs Deep for Crist

    Flickr User: Michelle LylesIn an era of unprecedented financial insecurity for the state that Charlie Crist governs, the aspiring U.S. Senator achieved an unprecedented financial windfall. During his campaign's most recent 50 days he raised $4.3 million.That combination isn't lost on Adam Smith, pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Trump and Real Housewife Host Fundraiser for Crist

    We have some rich friends, honey.Speaking of Gov. Charlie Crist's fundraising skills...This weekend for $1,000 a pop, Crist fans in Sag Harbor, New York can attend a party hosted by his celebrity pals: Jill Zarin, one of The Real Housewives of New York City, and Donald Trump.  Zarin is close fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Abused Kids Get $10 Million From State

    Last year, I wrote a feature story about three little boys who had been horribly abused in the state foster care system. They were eventually placed with an adoptive family -- but the Department of Children and Families hid the boys' case files and backgrounds from the adoptive parents. As the boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    The True Cost of Protecting Crist's Family

    The St. Petersburg Times ran an intriguing expose today about the thousands of dollars it costs to provide state security to Gov. Charlie Crist's wife and her children. It's worth reading not so much because of what it says, but how much was left unsaid--namely, why anyone would care about this, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Conservative Blogosphere Stokes Mutiny After GOP Snubs Rubio

    Flickr User: Americans forProsperityRubioMoments after Charlie Crist announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last week, he received the endorsement of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with endorsements from leading Republican Senators like Mitch McConnell soon to follow. The intent wasn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    But Does Charlie Like Fish Sticks?

    In picking the week's best quotes for its "Verbatim" page, Time magazine prizes drama (a quote from the co-pilot killed in the plane crash near Buffalo), candor (Jesse Ventura saying what he'd do with a waterboard and Dick Cheney), and gaffes, especially the kind that reveal more truth than they int ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Movie Challenges Media to Question Crist's Sexuality

    These days, Charlie Crist is surely wanting headlines to mention his Senate bid, not talk about his ex-boyfriends. But all that surfaces on the new movie Outrage, which opens locally tomorrow at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale.Outrage chronicles the many closeted gay Republicans who have surfaced over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    A Memo to National Voters: Get to Know Our Crist

    Dear national voter,You've probably heard a bit about our governor down here in Florida, you know, the one who was lucky enough not to be picked to go down with the John McCain ship. But you're about to hear a lot more about Charlie Crist, because our boy is running for Senate, and there's no doubt ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Crist Jumps Into Senate Race

    Flickr User: CABridgesThe would-be future senator with the soon-to-be past Sen. Martinez.Now we got ourselves a bona fide political jamboree. Charlie Crist will seek Florida's U.S. Senate seat on behalf of the Dixiecrat, I mean the Whig, I mean the (could this be right?) Republican Party, even thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Can Florida Governors Save GOP From Its Self-Destructive Impulses?

    Maybe Rush Limbaugh doesn't spend enough time in his Palm Beach home. Because clearly, there's no path back to political relevance for the Republican Party that does not include winning back Florida. And yet the two figures who have the most credibility on that front, governors Jeb Bush and Charlie ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    In 18 Months, Florida Voters To Stop Music; Pols to Look Feverishly for Seats

    This blog has neglected the 2010 mid-term elections that are only 18 (eighteen!!) months away. It is the longest game of musical chairs. Ever.In the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek has surged to frontrunner status, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter -- roughl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Talk to the Tan: Crist Ditches Teen Meeting

    Yesterday, the Florida Governor's Office posted this press release on Gov. Charlie Crist's "Kids Only" town hall meeting. It contained the following statement:"It is important that our leaders hear what Florida's youth have to say and consider their ideas to make our state better for future generati ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    The Man Beneath Charlie Crist's Wings

    The Sun-Sentinel's report on Charlie Crist's air travel (along with a parallel investigation by the Times/Herald Tally bureau) supports my image of the man who is our governor. He's a politician who wants to hobnob with the elite while trying keep his own hands cle ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Crist Considers Giving Everglades Land to Fanjuls, the Voldemorts of Sugar Farming

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is considering something of a partnership with the Fanjul sugar barons to salvage his billion-dollar plan to buy U.S. Sugar's land in South Florida. The deal, discussed yesterday, is akin to beating Voldemort and then installing Darth Vader. Wait, that's not quite evil eno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Karen Thurman Talks About Gubernatorial Race

    The St. Pete Times political blog, The Buzz, just posted this interview with Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman: At about the 90-second mark, Thurman responds to criticism that the party lacks a "bench" by touting Jack Seiler's victory in the Fort Lauderdale mayoral race. If a Democrat win ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Corrupt Politicians to Teach Charlie Crist, Principal who Attacked Wife Won't Be Sharing Toilet with Commissioners

    The state wants all six Palm Beach County commissioners to testify under oath about corruption in hopes that they might teach authorities how to catch corrupt politicians. The move comes after Mary McCarty resigned under corruption charges and while two former commissioners are sharing a metal toile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2009

    Recap: Crist on Meet the Press

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist faced off with David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press a few minutes ago. Crist started by stressing the importance of bipartisan support for President Obama's stimulus package, then ended by... well... essentially withdrawing his own support for the package.Host Gregory beg ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    A Bad Time to Be a Butler

    Photo: MaskworldDemocrats desperate to put some dents in Gov. Charlie Crist's high approval ratings are chastising him for keeping a butler and a personal chef on the state payroll at a time when cops and teachers are being laid off. In a statement released today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Kare ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Teflon Charlie Rules Lauderdale Stage

    The big punchline in Washington D.C. these days is "bipartisanship." Barack Obama wants to be friends with Republicans but they don't want to be friends with him. Of course, it's all politics. The Republicans have nothing to gain from jumping on the Obama bandwagon and everything to gain if that wag ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    New Poll: Crist in Pole Position

    A "double" what? Sorry, I don't speak French. Just check out the Strategic Vision poll released yesterday on Florida's 2010 U.S. Senate race. It attaches numbers to some obvious truths, such as Gov. Charlie Crist getting 54 percent of the votes against other prospective candidates in a Republican pr ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Quinniapac Picks the Next U.S. Senator, Governor for Florida

    McCollum (left) and Crist are the frontrunners.The Quinniapac University Bobcats cannot wait for us Floridians to pick our own U.S. Senator in 2010. Besides, Florida will probably have its votes stripped by Howard Dean again, anyway. So Quinniapac staged the election for us and... hello, U.S. Senato ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Morning Juice: Crist Weds Today as Enis, Santa May Attend, Palm Beach Post Crushes Hopes, Dreams

    Will Crist Be Unable to Quit Mark Foley?Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to wed Carole Rome today in St. Petersburg, officially making the state of Florida a remake of Brokeback Mountain. Heath Ledger's death solidified the ever-tanned and fastidious Crist into the role of Enis, the troubled homosexua ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Paparazzi Unimpressed by Ambiguously Straight Gov

    Don't you feel just a little sorry for the gawkers of St. Petersburg / Tampa? They've been waiting to get their place on the celebrity map forever! But no, Anna Nicole had to croak in the that other Seminole Hard Rock hotel. Today's Charlie Crist-Carole Rome wedding was supposed to be the cities' Bi ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Morning Juice: Good Morning America Seeks Rare Sand-Free Workers, Charlie Crist Offers to Give Us Free Exams

    Try not to seem too drunk when you hand out your resume. Job Fair Seeks Rare Dedicated, Sand-Free WorkersHundreds of desperate job-seekers got in line this morning outside The Diplomat in Hollywood for a job fair put on by Good Morning America. The show's website describes the event this way:Don't ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Nation Lampoons European Vacation

    Oh Jesus Charles J. Crist! The governor's in hot water over his European vacation trade mission this past July. Apparently, Crist and his entourage ran up a tab of just under a half-mill, part of which was spent on nine "bodyguards." Yes, that's what they're calling them now. Above, Crist and fiance ... More >>

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