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The return of "Empty Chair" Charlie, and the ghosts of good economies past

The Florida Dems smell blood in this economy, sending out an email last night calling Gov. Charlie Crist "Florida's part-time governor" for the amount of time he spends fund-raising and politicking vs. governing. The thrust of the attack on "empty chair Charlie:" The diminutive crowds drawn in Jacksonville by Republican prez candidate John McCain. (Note: Crist's camp came up with the empty-chair attack on his 2006 Dem opponent Jim Davis. So the Ds are just attacking him with his own attack).

We were drawn to three* four faces in the front row:

Crist. What state leads the nation in job loss and is number 2 in mortgage foreclosures? Yup. Crist's state. Now that he has been slighted for McCain's vp and the election is about to come and go, Crist will return to the governor's mansion and face one of the worst-ever economies that unfurled on his watch.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush. On the day Lehman melted down, Bush was in attendance and skedaddled before reporters could talk to him. He's a consultant for the troubled financial institution and, earlier as governor, had approved the state purchase of some bad Lehman securities. As gov, Bush used to boast that the economy was good due to his stewardship. Is the inverse now true of Crist? And when McCain bashed the current regulations and the old-boy network, whose brother is in the White House and who benefitted from the old-boys network?

Sen. Mel Martinez. When the housing market that led the financial crash started to explode, who was the lead housing regulator? Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez. In fact, his 2004 campaign was so aware of the stink of sub-prime loans, it tried to leak reporters dubious documents attacking opponent Doug Gallagher (brother of the former CFO who, along with Bush and Crist, approved the purchase of the Lehman securities) for designing computer software used by sub-prime lenders.

*Former Gov. Bob Martinez. Someone just alerted us to the fact that, yes, this Martinez was there as well and, yes, he's a lobbyist. Martinez is head of Holland & Knight's Securities and Public Companies practice, and has speciality in public finance and venture capital, according to this website.

All this probably makes little difference in the election. Same with all the crowing about empty chairs. While Dems boasted of an "enthusiasm gap" due to their candidate's buzz, Sarah Palin helped close it. Also, the most important crowd count/poll is on Election Day. And if past is prologue, McCain will likely win that in Florida (please note the "if") because the Florida electorate outside of South Florida seems to like him more than Barack Obama.

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floridascamsuncovered

CORRECTION, FLORIDA IS THE #1 STATE FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD. FLORIDA HAS HIT THIS GOAL FOR THE LAST 2 YRS IN A ROW.

AS AFAR AS "EMPTY CHAIR CHARLIE", GOES,YOU GOT IT! SO WHERE IS THIS GOVERNOR OF OUR'S, FROM WHAT I HEAR, HE IS BUSY PARADING HIS GIRLFRIEND AND McCAIN AROUND, HE IS SO BUSY INFACT WITH THOSE ACTIVITIES, THAT HE JUST HAS NO TIME AT ALL TO FIGURE OUT HOW EVEN TO ATTEMPT TO FIX THE FRAUDULENT MORTGAGE PROBLEM THAT HE AND AG McCOLLUM, SINK, SAXON, GROSMAIRE, TEDCASTLE HELP CREATE????

YET HE SURE HAS NO PROBLEM FIGURING OUT HOW TO TAKE A TRIP TO RUSSIA WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND ON FLORIDA TAXPAYER'S MONEY! WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE FOLKS????

I HAVE A THEORY FOR CRIST AND HIS CO-HORT'S. ARE YOU LISTENING CRIST???? HOW ABOUT YOU GET FIRED ALONG WITH McCOLLUM, SINK, SAXON, GROSMAIRE AND TEDCASTLE, SO THAT YOUR HIGH PAY OUT PENSIONS ARE REDIRECTED TO A "VICTIMS FUND" FOR THE CAUGHT & TRAPPED VICTIMS IN THIS MORTGAGE FRAUD NIGHTMARE AND THAN ADD IN THE $24.7 MILLION, WHICH THE MIAMI HERALD FOUND.

AFTER THAT YOU ALL NEED TO BE PROSCUTED IN A COURT OF LAW TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED AND YOU ALL CAN HAVE NICE LONG VACATION SOMEWHERE IN A FEDERAL PRISON ALONG WITH THE CRIMINALS YOU ALL ALLOWED TO DEFRAUD MILLIONS OUT OF THEIR HOMES HERE IN FLORIDA. THAT SHOULD BE NICE AND COZY, NOW DON'T YOU THINK GOVERNOR CRIST?

Party of Five

I think Gov. Crist should start responding to those of us with this mortgage fraud instead of his co-worker Ms. Jordan. I don't understand what it actually takes for the State to see what is going on and how it is failing us. I lost my home already and now I am fighting for justice. This is wrong, really, really, wrong!!

Help is on the way

You can't wait for the government to step in. Something has to happen in the State. Everyone has to email to Crist and make him to do something!! Enough people raise their hand and he is "forced" to do something. I am ashamed of Florida....

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