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A look at Charlie Crist's rough year

Charlie Crist's final year as governor begins like no other: with perilous poll numbers, his optimism worn thin and his shell of political Teflon deeply scratched.

After two years of governing Florida by shrewdly gauging the prevailing political winds, Crist strayed off course as the economy spiraled downward in 2009, his nice-guy image no longer effective as a balm for frustrated Floridians.

He miscalculated the danger of his "man hug" with President Barack Obama in support of the Democrats' stimulus package. He signed a no-new taxes pledge only to raise taxes weeks later to balance the state budget. And the biggest contributor in his campaign for U.S. Senate, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, was charged in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

By year's end, his Republican Senate rival, Marco Rubio, had gained ground as a conservative alternative.

"It's been a rough patch, and certainly some of it's self-inflicted. No question. I mean, that happens. Nobody's perfect," Crist said in an interview with the Times/Herald. "But you learn from that, I think."

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Denny R. Wood

The road is going to get very rocky in 2010 for Governor Crist. For 8 years as Attorney General he did nothing about the ADA Barriers on his floors. As Governor, the barriers are still in place. For 10 years Crist has had public restrooms that people in wheelchairs cannot use. We are passing the word across Florida to as many people with disabilities about Crist and the cabinet members who work in non-ADA compliant offices. These elected officials are not only disgusting, but bigots as well. Hopefully we can make the 2010 elections noteworthy as there are over 20% of Floridians with substancial disabilities. I enjoy spreading the word. And asking the Federal Department of Justice to sue Charlie Crist and his team of thugs. Denny R. Wood

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