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Black pastor bashes Crist for not appointing Eggelletion replacement

Rev. Allen B. Jackson, senior pastor at Living Word Community Church, will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at County Hall to criticize Gov. Charlie Crist for not appointing a replacement for suspended Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion. Jackson says that black leaders will gather today to call for an appointment for someone to represent the mostly black district.

Crist suspended Eggelletion after his arrest in late September as part of a federal corruption investigation. The governor has interviewed Dania Beach City Commissioner Al Jones and Broward College trustee Levi Williams but has not made a decision. Gwen Watson, an activist with the Broward GOP and NAACP, said Crist's office has also reached out to her for an interview. All three are Republicans but Watson is the only one that lives in the district.

Jackson, a Democrat, plans to run for the seat.

"We've had poor representation, very minimal representation over the last nine years and now we have no representation,'' Jackson said. "It doesn't matter if he appoints a Democrat, Republican or Independent. We need a voice. I feel like the governor is playing personal football with this seat because of his own U.S. Senate race.''

Broward GOP chairman Chip LaMarca fired back a response to Jackson's press release:

"I ask you to be the servant of the people and inform the community that Governor Crist is acting responsibly and thoroughly in this appointment process. Due to the lack of transparency and accountability by the previous official that was elected to serve the fine people of District 9, this process must be thorough for all applicants."

Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said that the governor has no timeline to make a decision.