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Crist seeking counsel on '7 or so' for Martinez replacement

Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday morning that he is reaching out to people he trusts for advice on how best to fill Sen. Mel Martinez' seat, now that Martinez is stepping down early.

Crist made the statements when asked about Roberto Martinez, former U.S. Attorney and current Board of Education member, as a potential pick. Here's the exchange:

Crist: "I have reached out to several people that I have a great deal of respect for, to get their advice and counsel on some names. and there's probably about seven or so names... and we will have more for you later."

Times/Herald: "What about Rep. (Anitere) Flores, whose name has begun circulating as yet another potential replacement?

Crist: "She called me this morning."

Times/Herald: "Is she on the list?"

Crist: "There is no formal list."

Times/Herald: "You said there's seven names."

Crist: "I said there may be."