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Crist double-dares Rubio to explain his political committees

Asked about The Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times report on former House Speaker Marco Rubio's political committees, Gov. Charlie Crist told Michael Putney of WPLG Local 10 he wants an "explanation."

"I am disturbed by this,'' he said. "I think it probably creates more questions than it does answers about how these funds were handled and by whom and for what...The candidate himself won't even respond to it. He has a spokesman doing it." 

Crist addressed questions about his use of the state plane on Wednesday to fly from Tallahassee to four different cities to promote legislation; the final stop in Miami was followed by a campaign fundraiser. Crist had previously said that he would not use a taxpayer-funded flight to get to a city where he had both state and political business.

Now he's got a different policy: "We were on state business all day and when I landed in Miami I did the state business. Then after 5 o'clock I'm off the clock, and I'm a free man again."

Crist defended last year's budget which raised the cigarette tax and other fees. "I don't like broadly applied taxes,'' he said, though he raised motor vehicle taxes to shore up the general revenue fund when he signed the budget. " I just think that's the wrong way to go, and that's why I've never supported them and never will. What we need to do in times of difficult budgeting is offer users' fees on some things that people can opt to use or not. It really puts the power in the consumer, in the individual."

On the higher cigarette tax: "I view that as a health care issue more than a taxing issue,'' he said. "Nobody has to do it. If you apply a sales tax increase, that hits everybody. It's the broadly applied taxes I'm opposed to."

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Realist

The king of double talk!

BHarrison

And I would "double dare" Crist to explain his sweetheart deal with the sugar industry. In my opinion, that smacks of being heavily in favor of special interests versus the "best interests of the people".

As far as I can discern, the people do not have much of a choice between Crit and Rubio; it comes down to be another case of "choosing the lesser between two evils"; and that seems to be a difficult decision because of the background of both of these guys.

whasup

Wait just a cotton-picking minute. Shucking Chuckles now says after 5 PM he's off the clock?

Wasn't it just not very long ago, when he and his staff and his campaign was saying that he's Governor 24-7?

Oh that's right ... that was back when he was:

a) he was traipsing around Europe on the taxpayers dime to treat his "wife" to a nice honeymoon and burnish his international experience,

b) gallavanting around the country campaigning for a Vice Presidential pick or future Presidential run,

c) flying around the nation and state on private planes, provided cheaply as pay-offs for sweetheart deals with contributors, to suck up piles of cash for his Senate race.

d) all of the above.

But the dumbest part is that, by now emphasizing he's off the clock after 5 PM, he's no better than a typical state worker, who'll run you down if your standing near the office door at that time of day.

In fact, Shucking Chuckles is worse than that, since this statement just emphasizes how much he doesn't want the job of Governor that he lied about wanting, and that we elected him to do, but which he is now fleeing for a glitzier job with less responsibility.

How absolutely absurd!

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hattori hanzo

Charlie Crist, The People's Governor. From 9 to 5.

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