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Crist picks cash-raising over Jim King memorial

Much of the Capitol political establishment will be in Jacksonville tomorrow for the first of two memorial services planned for the late Sen. Jim King, but not Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist, who already has raised $4.3 million for his U.S. Senate campaign, will be in Aspen, Colorado raising more money -- this time at the home of Debbie and Brent Sembler. The host committee includes a lineup of prominent developers and a casino backer.

King, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer, dedicated his final session of a 23-year career to pushing Crist's renewable energy goals. It ultimately died amid House stalling and a last-minute House attempt to tack on offshore oil drilling.

But King received compliments for taking on the complicated and politically divisive issue and crafting a proposal that went as far as it could to please many factions.

Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp will attend the service tomorrow in Jacksonville. Crist's official governor calendar says "no scheduled events."