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Charlie Crist: Ana Navarro not "sweetest person I've ever met"



Charlie Crist's soon-to-be-released book, "The Party's Over," doesn't have a ton of juicy material in it, as Crist glosses over some of the bigger controversies of his political career and mostly pulls his punches when it comes to criticizing any Republican by name. Still, Buzz in the coming days will share some interesting excerpts, starting with the following passage when Crist recounts the Republican backlash over his decision to extend early voting hours in 2008 after Democrat Dan Gelber made the request because voters were waiting in line for hours.

...When I got back to Tampa, I was riding in in an SUV with Mel Martinez, one of our two US Senators, and Ana Navarro, a Republican operative from Coral Gables and a sometimes TV pundit. Ana's a dedicated activist, but I wouldn't call he the sweetest person I've ever met. She's very strong-willed and at least as sharp-tongued.
"Governor," she said, "I can't believe you signed that executive order. You just handed the election to Obama."
I don't often get angry. I'm not wired that way. But that really annoyed me. I snapped back at her.
"Ana," I said, "That's all very well and good. But you're not governor. Someday, if you ever happen to be governor, you can be the person who says, 'I'm going to suppress the people's right to vote, the rights of the citizens of the state that I work for.' You can be that person. I'm not going to be that person.
Mel gave me a surprised double-take as if to say, "Whoa! Charlie's pissed now!"

We ran that exchange by Navarro: "It wasn't an SUV, it was on McCain's campaign plane," she said, recounting that Crist did say something to that effect but without the "poetic bull---- about suppressing votes."

"For a guy who had spent the last six months sucking up to John McCain and chasing after him every time his campaign plane landed in Florida, I thought it was outrageous that Charlie had done that without so much as a heads up to the McCain campaign."

Ironically, Navarro says she phoned Gov. Rick Scott in 2012 and urged him to extend early voting hours to deal with the long lines.


[Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:39pm]


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