In September, U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Miami took an interest in a judicial vacancy all the way in Gadsden County in north Florida. He wrote a letter -- read it here Download SKMBT_C35309122216360 -- urging Gov. Charlie Crist to appoint Frank Allman Jr., an assistant state attorney. Allman says he's a friend of Diaz-Balart's son, a student at Florida State University, but didn't want to comment further on their relationship.
But in October, Crist chose Kathy Garner and made history. She's the first woman and the first African-American judge in the predominantly black county. Crist put her appointment on hold after staff learned of "financial issues." Garner said the delay was because she had been late in paying property taxes on several commercial properties.
About two weeks later, Crist removed the hold and Garner was sworn in. Could this be the reason Diaz-Balart and his brother, Mario Diaz-Balart have pulled their early endorsement of Crist for U.S. Senate?