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Dems echo ghosts of Crist's past

In a sign of just how strangely bi-partisan and twisted-up politics have become under Gov. Charlie Crist, the Florida Democratic Party sent out an appeal today inspired by a civil rights case that the moderate Republican investigated himself as attorney general.

The e-mail from Democratic state Rep. Joyce Cusack tells the story of Harry T. Moore, who led the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. He and his wife were murdered on Christmas Day, 1951 -- their 25th wedding anniversary -- when a bomb went off in their home.

"Now 56 years later, the Moores' bravery still resonates,'' Cusack writes. "I hope that you'll take time to remember them this holiday season and that this reflection will inspire you to get involved in the 2008 election. No matter how small it may seem, our individual efforts can make a powerful difference.''

Crist supporters would say he did just that. A two-year investigation by his office fingered four dead Ku Klux Klansman. Moore's daughter agreed to talk about the case in a campaign commercial during the 2006 governor's race.

But after the Miami Herald reported that two scholars said Crist failed to uncover new evidence, he pulled the ad, saying he didn't want to politicize the case.