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Crist, literally, hovering over Scott (near Mansion)

mm.jpgThose Morgan & Morgan billboards aggressively promote the profile of the law firm's best-known member, former Gov. Charlie Crist.

The "It's about the people" signs have become a ubiquitous presence along I-75 and Florida's Turnpike. But now one has appeared in a most interesting location: a short city block from the Governor's Mansion, of all places.

Talk about product placement! Gov. Rick Scott can't leave "home" without seeing Crist's smiling face towering over him near the corner of Monroe and Brevard streets, a few blocks north of downtown Tallahassee. (Does this strike you as prime advertising territory for an Orlando personal injury law firm?)

Crist, a former Republican, lost an independent bid for the U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio in 2010, and endorsed and campaigned for President Barack Obama's re-election in Florida. Crist appears to be weighing a run for governor, possibly as an independent, in 2014.

In his most recent remarks on the subject, about a week ago, Crist said of his political plans: "I don't know. There's a thought process that has to go into that. I'm not ruling anything in and I'm not ruling anything out." He added: "It's something that you talk to your family about, listen to people, and the community that you live in. I'm going to let the dust settle after this campaign that we've just come through."     

-- Steve Bousquet