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Crist at DC fundraiser says he's focused on Florida and "jobs, jobs, jobs"

Attending a fundraiser for his US Senate campaign at a law firm in downtown DC, Gov. Charlie Crist insisted his focus remains Florida and job creation -- as the state's unemployment rate edged up to 11.2 percent.

"I just think it's so important to stay focused on jobs, jobs, jobs," Crist said, suggesting a special session on rail will help the state's unemployment rate. "I think that we're on a very good path to, hopefully, be able to deliver that because that would mean a lot of job for our people."

Asked whether he should be back in Florida addressing job creation, Crist said he's "dealing with it here too." That includes a meeting, he said, with his Senate appointee, George LeMieux -- who arrived at the fundraiser about 10 after Crist.

"I think it's all hands on deck," Crist said. I mean any where we can get help, I need to be." 

Crist said he's talked with LeMieux about his controversial hold on the new ambassador to Brazil, after fielding a call from a constituent in Miami.

"The constituent was not so favorably inclined to the hold," Crist said. "Which I passed along to my senator."