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Crist says no

At a campaign stop in DeLand, Attorney General Charlie Crist told a would-be supporter "No." The question: Would the Republican candidate for governor support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment? Democratic legislators the last few years have filed bills in Tallahassee calling for ratification of the amendment _ which fell three votes short of making it in the U.S. Constitution.

"I'm really disappointed in his answer, because I really like him," said Rachel Sieg, president-elect of the Business and Professional Women of Florida and a Republican. "If he's not going to help women...I'm not going to be a happy camper."

Crist explained to Sieg that he believed discrimination was already outlawed under the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution and that the ERA was not needed. Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher earlier this week complained that Crist never takes a stand on an issue and wants to be "everything" to "everybody." When asked about it today, Crist said: "I say no all the time."