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Schiavo's father blasts Crist

Terri Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler, claims in the conservative online magazine Human Events today that Attorney General Charlie Crist "let my daughter die'' when he failed to intervene to save Schindler's severely brain-damaged daughter from the court order that allowed her feeding tubes to be removed last year.

Schindler accuses Crist of violating his oath of office and refusing his family "lawful access to the assets of his office'' by failing to investigate claims of abuse of his daughter.

Crist said in a statement Monday he did not join Gov. Jeb Bush and the chorus of conservative Republicans seeking a legislative override of the court because he believes "that end-of-life decisions are ultimately best left to God and family'' and that "where there is a dispute, courts are the appropriate arbiters.''

But he did consult others, including his father, Dr. Charlie Crist, a family practice doctor in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Crist told the Miami Herald's Gary Fineout Monday that he read the publicly-available medical reports and brain scan of Schiavo and talked to his son. "I told him 'Charlie, I think this lady is brain dead. I don't think there's any hope for this lady'...How much that influenced him, I don't know.''

Dr. Crist said he understood the issue was "very emotional'' for Schindler and would not criticize him. But, he added, "Charlie's a good person. His instincts are moral and Christian.''

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Dan

Well, Crist's daddy is a better man than I am, because I'm perfectly willing to criticize Bob Schindler.
Sweet Jesus, have we not had enough of people pimping their dead sons and daughters for political gain?
From Sheehan to Schindler, it's gotten to the point that dead relatives carry more political clout than rational policy.
That said, I think that's where the Sheehan/Schindler comparison ends. After all, there's a big difference between using your son's death to prevent more able-bodied men and women from dying unnecessarily in a foreign desert for reasons that have never been properly explained, and using your daughter's death to prevent more people from finding some sort of lasting peace instead of being trapped in the husk that was once their able bodies.
I've had a family member in Iraq, and I've had a family member who was a quadriplegic. The sigh of relief I breathed when the former got home safe and sound was eerily similar to the one I breathed when the latter went on to, I hope, a better, more-fulfilling existence. Love and death are weird like that.

Tom will win

Crist takes advantage of Carlie, Jessica, the other girl that got murdered all the time in his speeches.

Please point that out.

Thanks

Pedro A. Romanach

Charlie Crist is right on this issue. The state should not decide these matters. Crist should be criticized, however, for not speaking out forcefully against what Jeb Bush was doing. From what I recall, Crist basically disappeared and didn't opine one way or the other when the controversy was taking place. The two Democratic candidates for Governor, Jim Davis and Rod Smith, did take a stand against what Jeb Bush was trying to do. Worst of all was Republican candidate for Governor Tom Gallagher, who joined the side of the Moral Majority types, against Michael Schiavo.

Shedrick Gavin

We already went through this before. I don't understand why these republicans just can't get it right. Obama already said that Clarence Thomas is out the door.

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