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Crist's taped address won't get air time at convention

Logistical hang-ups will make it impossible for Gov. Charlie Crist to get some GOP convention face time before the show stops tonight, said Crist advisor George LeMieux.

Crist was scheduled to address the crowd before the prime-time acceptance speech of John McCain, but with two more storms now churning in the Atlantic, Crist decided to stay in Tallahassee, close to the state Emergency Operations Center.

A last-ditch attempt to record Crist giving a video address got snagged by complications, LeMieux said from Minneapolis Thursday. "I begged him to fly up here. But he wouldn't do it,'' he said.

LeMieux, who earned the nickname "maestro" for managing Crist's successful campaign for governor in 2006, is disappointed at the lost opportunity. "There's nothing more that I would want than to have Charlie Crist at this convention because he's a national figure and I know he would be great,'' he said. "But Florida is Job One."