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Tom Grady files lawsuit demanding Charlie Crist return donations

Naples Daily News: Linda Morton of Naples donated $500 to Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate election campaign, while John Rood of Jacksonville, a retired U.S. Ambassador, donated $4,800 to the Republican.

Now they want a refund.

The two have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all contributors who are demanding their money back after Crist announced he’d run as an Independent.

“Crist has made it clear that he believes a candidate should not say one thing and do another," says the lawsuit, filed last week in Collier Circuit Court. "… The parties agree with Crist.”

The two are represented by Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, who resigned as regional chairman of Crist’s Senate campaign and from the statewide finance team after the Republican switched parties. Grady couldn’t immediately be reached for comment this afternoon.


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Another frivolous lawsuit. Hopefully the plaintiffs get stuck with fees and costs.

Robert Jenkins

I called the Florida Bar Associations ethics hot line about Grady bringing this suit. Grady while a part of the legislature and a lawyer;did have access to priviledged information. Now, he is suing Gov. Crist over the return of freely given campaign contributions? Please remember the interpetation of priviledged information is very broad in scope. Can you imagine the damage that could be done by allowing a lawyer, that once represented you; to then bring suit against you. No, the person I spoke to today seemed to agree with me(though not a binding statement)an ethics question is certainly present. If Grady ever advised Gov.Crist on legalissues regarding his campaign; there may well be a violation of Atty/client priviledge. That would most certainly cause his law license to be revoked; should he be found guilty of the ethics complaint I am filing.

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