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Former senator, former Bush aide among Crist picks to elections commission

Two months after the last meeting of the Florida Elections Commission was scuttled due to a lack of a quorum - and one day before the panel's next meeting - Gov. Charlie Crist named six new people to the panel responsible for reviewing election law complaints.

Those tapped by Crist: Karen Unger, a former top aide to Gov. Jeb Bush, Jose Luis Rodriquez, Donald "Dusty" Rhodes, former state Sen. Tom Rossin, Julie Kane, an attorney with the Colson Hicks Eidson law firm, and attorney William Hollimon. (And no, it's not Dusty Rhodes the wrestler. Rhodes is an attorney and former commercial pilot who once served as chairman of the commission.)

The terms of the six new members officially start next week. Right now there are two vacancies on the nine-member commission and the terms of four members actually expired last December. Under state law, nominees for the commission, except the chairman, comes from lists submitted by the Senate President, House Speaker and both minority leaders.

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