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Marco Rubio on Charlie Crist's golden opportunity

Remember when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was caught on a wire tap saying that a governor's ability to appoint a senator was a "fucking golden" opportunity? In that case, prosecutors allege, it was about money.

Now that Mel Martinez might step down as Florida Sen, Gov. Charlie Crist has a similar golden opporunity. Except this is about ambition. He can appoint himself. Will he?

His Republican opponent, Marco Rubio, hopes not. Here's what he said in a written statement:

"Mel Martinez's life is a testament to the boundless promise that exists in America, where a young Cuban exile can come to the United States without his parents and rise to become a Cabinet secretary and U.S. senator.  As he looks ahead towards the next phase of his life, I wish him and his family all the best.

"As Governor Crist considers who he will appoint as Florida's next U.S. senator, I urge him to take great care in his selection.  Florida deserves an interim senator who will go to Washington and serve as a true check on President Obama's push for more wasteful government spending, government-run health care and cap-and-trade.  The last thing Florida needs is a U.S. senator that will stand with President Obama instead of challenging the wrong direction he is leading our country and offering constructive conservative solutions moving forward."

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Greg Madonna

The choice is simple. The governor should appoint retired Congressman Clay Shaw. 26 year house veteran, bi partisan with no further ambitions in politics. A fitting end to a great House career.

steven

Love the sugesstion of E Clay Shaw, however is he still a legal resident of Florida? Does he pay Carolina taxes?

Dennis

If Crist wants to do what's best for the country, he'll appoint Jeb Bush. He's the most politically talented and influential person available.

REPUBLICAN VOTER.

GOV. CRIST IS A SNAKE AND A SELLOUT! EVERY MOVE HE MAKES IS FOR HIS OWN BENNIFIT! EVERY REPUBLICAN I SPEAK TO SAY THEY WONT VOTE FOR CRIST AGAIN. THEY THINK THAT CRIST HAS BECOME TOO LIBERAL! AND THAT THEY WANT CONSERVATIVE MARCO RUBIO AS THIER GUY! WWW.MARCORUBIO.COM

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