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Crist shoots at Gallagher in new ad

Attorney General Charlie Crist fires back at Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher in a new television ad that started airing across the state this morning. The ad starts out touting the endorsements that Crist has received from other GOP politicians such as U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack. But after mentioning that Crist has picked up endorsements from several Florida newspapers - the ad takes a little bit of mean twist by pointing out criticisms these same editoral boards had fired at Gallagher.

It quotes one endorsement that says Gallagher is "embarrassingly unprepared to lead" and has "shown terrible judgment,'' a reference to Gallagher's ethics investigation. The Florida Commission on Ethics earlier this month found probable cause that Gallagher broke the law when he owned stocks of two companies doing business with the state.