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Victor Crist skips Hillsborough Commission meetings to hang with old pals



Hillsborough County commissioner Victor Crist refers to his experience in the legislature so often it's become a bit of a joke around County Center. So do the other transplants, Sandy Murman and Les Miller.

Well Crist went a step beyond resume dropping last week when he returned to Tallahassee for last week's start of the legislative session to join the festivities. In doing so, he missed not one but two meetings of the board he sits on now. There was a land-use meeting and strategic planning workshop that day, March 5.

Crist said he believes it was the first time he has set foot in the capitol since leaving the Senate just more than two years ago and said he seldom misses a County Commission meeting. Besides, all the networking has value for his current job. He said he also made this year a priority because of a tribute held for long-time lobbyist, former state Senator and friend Ken Plante, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Being able to maintain key relationships is important for moving an agenda," Crist said. "It was still business."


[Last modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 6:30pm]


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