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Crist to Legislature: 'Who is running the asylum?'

On the U.S. Senate campaign trail in Jacksonville, Gov. Charlie Crist continued to berate the Legislature for how it passed Senate Bill 6. His veto message last week compared the lawmakers to those in charge in Washington (Democrats) who rammed through the health care bill.

But in a speech to teachers at a small "grassroots event" he took it a step further. He found it particularly alarming that a teacher's certifications and advanced degrees might not count.

"You have to kind of scratch your head and think: Who is running the asylum?" Crist said.

Crist said he "took a hit" for supporting the stimulus (which he said saved 20,000 teacher jobs) and didn't worry about his eroding GOP support after Senate Bill 6. "You think I'm going to leave you now? There's no way," he said, speaking from Jacksonville, near the district of the bill's sponsor state Sen. John Thrasher.

Ask for his mentor and former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack resigning as Crist's campaign chairman: "It is what it is."

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