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Governor's office says gossip item is wrong

Is one of those helping Gov. Charlie Crist lower property taxes his girlfriend? No, says the governor's office.

Carole Rome is among the names listed as a member of the host committee that is holding a fundraiser at the Trump Tower next week on behalf of Yes On 1 committee promoting the Jan. 29th property tax amendment. The headliner of course is Donald Trump himself.

The N.Y. Post's gossip page reports that Rome, however, is dating Crist even though she is in the midst of divorcing her husband. The Post reports the two have attended Miami Heat games, while other sources say the two were seen on the sidelines of the Bucs-Redskins game.

But a spokeswoman for Crist said Rome is not his "girlfriend." "She is a friend,'' corrected Erin Issac.

Regarding the fundraiser at Trump Tower, the invitation asks for a contribution of $1,000. But in an attached letter, Meredith O'Rourke urges people to come because it is a "special reception" with Crist and Trump in which donors will be helping Crist "fight for Florida's future."