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Crist to urge other governors to divest Iran holdings

Gov. Charlie Crist said from Israel today that he will send letters to the nation's 49 other governors and urge them to follow Florida's lead and divest their holdings in companies that do business in Iran and Sudan. When Crist returns from Israel next week, he plans to sign a bill passed during the 2007 session that requires Florida to divest its holdings.

"Florida will not stand idly by and allow businesses that operate in Iran and the Sudan to foster terror,'' Crist wrote in his letter. (Full text is available in comments section.)

Crist also said he will discuss the divestiture issue with his fellow governors during a July meeting of the National Governors Association that will be held in Michigan.

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Gary Fineout

Dear Fellow Governor:

It is an honor to write to you from Jerusalem where I am leading a delegation of Florida business leaders, state legislators and members of Congress, focusing on bilateral trade between Israel and the state of Florida. Additionally, it was a privilege to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu to express Florida’s unwavering support of Israel and the Israeli people in their fight against terror.

Florida’s support of Israel, however, is not only in words. During the recently concluded Florida legislative session, the Florida Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation to divest the Florida pension fund of financial sectors and businesses that deal with the governments of Iran and the Sudan. The legislation, unanimously passed in both chambers, is a statement to the Iranian and Sudanese governments that Florida will not idly stand by and allow businesses that operate in Iran and the Sudan to foster terror. I look forward to signing this legislation upon my return to Florida.

I respectfully encourage you to join me by introducing similar legislation to divest your state’s financial resources of companies or sectors doing business with the governments of Iran and the Sudan. I look forward to discussing this matter with you during the National Governors Association summer meeting in Traverse City, Michigan.

As demonstrated by the end of apartheid in South Africa, when a light shines to expose oppression and extremism, the days of injustice are numbered. May we each gather the courage to defend freedom around the globe and make it a reality for future generations.

Sincerely,

Charlie Crist

Travel overseas to boost profile... fighting terror by reaching out to the rest of the nation's governors... don't have to resign to run... hmmmmmmmm

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