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Sen. Mack withdraws as Crist campaign chair

From the Associated Press:

Gov. Charlie Crist's political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, resigned Thursday as Crist's campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate. Mack wrote a terse, two-paragraph letter to his one-time protege that said Crist was wrong to veto a bill (SB 6) that would have made it easier to fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.

"As you know, I strongly disagree with your veto," Mack wrote his fellow Republican. "Your veto I believe undermines our education system in Florida and the principles for which I have always stood." Mack went on to say that Crist's decision to veto the bill was "unsupportable and wrong."

"As you can understand, I can no longer serve as chairman for your campaign for the United States Senate," Mack wrote. Mack, who retired in early 2001 after a dozen years in the U.S. Senate, addressed the letter to "Charlie" and said he valued their long friendship. A phone message left on the governor's cell phone and with campaign officials was not immediately returned.

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BREC member

Now there's a slap in the face! Wake up Charlie! You are DONE!

Farm Ted

The Governor played the teachers like a drum, if he really wanted to support teachers why did he not offer solutions while the bill was being denated? Why did he not contact members of the leadership in both House and Senate that have supported him for US Senate and simply ask them to slow down? Why did he have staffers representing his office support the Bill while in committee? Governor Crist could have slowed or stop the SB 6 Bill at any time, with a well place call.

He not only stuck it to the legislature, but he left teachers out of millions of dollars that would have gone to salaries. The governor used his political wants to over power what was right for children and teachers of our State.

RealConservative

looks like we have one (1) republican in the state that is willing to follow his consience and what is good for the state and its people,before the empty ideology of 8 years that has the country on its knees. I respect the Governor for his courage and his willingness to serve the people, and like millions of Floridians that have observed him use his intelligence and his sense of fairnss to govern, I will vote for him. Ideologues, you have hurt the state enough!

RealConservative

Republicans have made of Florida the #39 state when it comes to spending in education. In spite of this, our teachers have labored to put our state in #10 place when it comes to advances on the quality of education. What else do you want to squeeze out of our teachers? or is it the point to drive our public education funds away from public schools to feed the coffers of charter schools and testing companies owned by reublican politicians?....and BTW, I am not a teacher!!!

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