Gov. Crist observes Yom Kippur with Santiago
Does Gov. Charlie Crist have a plan to win over the female voters of South Florida one woman at a time? In May, tbt* reported that the gov had been dating Kelly Crosby Heyniger, a Palm Beach County mother of two and former beauty queen who was vying to become "America's Hottest Mom."
Last Friday night, Crist showed up at a Yom Kippur service in Miami with local CBS-4 TV reporter (and former Playboy model) Jennifer Santiago on his arm.
"It's not clear the extent of the relationship," says the Miami Herald's Naked Politics blog, "but Santiago has boasted on her Web site that the single gov granted her his first 'exclusive interview in the mansion' in February."
Santiago is a 1997 graduate of Villanova University law school. Besides being a TV reporter, she is also an attorney, writer and photographer. When she posed for Playboy, she used the name Jennifer Klarman.
Some people were not pleased to see Crist bring her to the service, which he attended as the guest of state Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach.
"How nice," one person wrote in a posting on the Herald Web site. "He brings a former Playboy bunny to synagogue on the holiest day of the year for atonment. Nice ... Respectful ..." Retorted another person: "Like half the women at that temple should be throwing stones."
As for Heyniger, normally unreliable sources tell tbt* she's out of the picture.
[Photo: From Santiago's Web site at web.mac.com/santiagoesq/iweb/Site/Welcome.html]