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Crist's United Way faux pas

Sometimes it can be hard serving two masters. Just ask Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist acknowledged on Thursday that he had agreed to spend time with U.S. Sen. John McCain, the soon-to-be GOP nominee, at his ranch this weekend in Arizona.  But it turns out that Crist was also supposed to headline on Saturday night the "Governor's Bowl,'' a fundraiser for the United Way of Broward County, and whose host committee includes George LeMieux, Crist's former chief of staff. Crist's name is all over the invitation that was sent out by the group and even includes a Crist quote.

Yet Crist told reporters that he didn't know much about the event, didn't know he was supposed to go until Thursday, and wasn't even sure of the location. But word of Crist's decision to bypass the event was not taken lightly by some of the movers and shakers of Broward County who planned to attend the event.

When asked about spending time with McCain, Crist replied: "Well I need to review that. I was given notification that there may be a ball that's in my name which I did not realize until about a half hour ago. If that in fact is the case I'll be staying in Florida."

When asked about the event, Crist said: "I don't know a lot about it except that it's in association with United Way. It's in South Florida."

When asked he was invited by McCain to spend some time with him, Crist said: "I was invited by the senator and his wife to join him on a piece of property they have in Northern Arizona. I had accepted the invitation.  But as I say if there's a United Way event that's really a governor's ball I feel the obligation to stay. What we were going to do is have the Lt. Governor go. But if it's really in my name I feel the right thing to do is for me to stay in Florida."