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Beth Kigel's Political Career a Casualty of Crist?

A young political operative named Beth Kigel rocketed into Palm Beach County Republican leadership in 2006 after she put all her chips on the long-shot candidacy of Charlie Crist for Florida governor. Four years later, her champion has gone rogue, and now the vice chair of the county's GOP is in danger of being cast into political obscurity.

Today the Republican Party of Florida removed Kigel from her place on the state executive committee, along with nine other Crist appointees.

This despite Kigel's having resigned as Crist's campaign chair in Palm Beach County after his decision to run as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

An article in the Palm Beach Post contained this statement by Kigel:

"I am disappointed that Gov. Crist has decided to step away from the Republican Party at this critical time. I stand with our party... My support will be with our Republican nominee for Florida's U.S. Senate race."
Kigel's rise in the Florida Republican Party drew criticism from some of its more traditional members, who were bothered by the seeming conflicts that came with her day job as a lobbyist.

Kigel did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Thomas Francis