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Crist rewards Broward supporters

Remember when the Broward Republican Party took the unprecedented step of endorsing one Republican over another - Charlie Crist over Tom Gallagher - in the gubernatorial primary?

Now that Crist is governor, he figured a thank-you note wasn't enough. The party's chairman, Shane Strum, and vice chairwoman, Maureen Jaeger, have been put on the state payroll.

Strum, who helped launch a Pompano Beach company that builds software for the insurance industry, is the new deputy secretary for the Department of Management Services. Jaeger, a paralegal from the state attorney general's office, is a special assistant to the governor for Broward and Palm Beach counties.

"It's an honor to work for the governor,'' Jaeger said.

She and Strum resigned their local party posts. An election to pick their replacements will be held Feb. 26.