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Party time with Charlie Crist

It's been a busy day for Governor-elect Charlie Crist. First Crist announced his top appointments in the governor's office, then he announced tentative plans to celebrate his inauguration on Jan. 2. The executive director for the inauguration will be Meredith O'Rourke, who was Crist's finance director for his campaign. Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard, his wife, Kathryn Ballard (and daughter of former Attorney General Jim Smith), longtime Crist friend and finance chairman Mel Sembler, and Sembler's wife Debbie, will act as co-chairs of the inaugural committee.

The list of events so far include an inaugural breakfast in Miami on Dec. 13, Florida's Youth Day at Walt Disney World on Dec. 16, a cookout in Tampa on Dec. 17 as well as a mini-baseball camp with the N.Y. Yankees that same day. On Jan. 2 there will be a prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University, the inauguration itself, a street festival outside the mansion and followed by the inaugural ball and concert that night.

This morning Crist did the expected and named George LeMieux as his chief of staff and tapped several other campaign staffers as top officials in the Crist administration. More here.


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