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Charlie Crist, the Natural? FEA delegates celebrate their SB 6 hero



Kendrick Meek's first public appearance of the day outside of his many TV appearances is a visit to the FEA Delegate Assembly in Orlando. But an hour before Meek arrived at the Rosen Center Hotel, the FEA celebrated Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of Senate Bill 6.

A video introducing FEA president Andy Ford was shown to a room of 1,000 cheering FEA delegates. Interspersed between snippets of
Ford's speeches were shots from movies like The Matrix, Star Wars and Network that cast this year's battle with the Republican-contolled
Legislature in terms of good (the teachers' union) and evil (strident lawmakers).

Playing the role of hero in the cleverly edited montage was Crist. Footage of his veto announcement was played as music from The
swelled in the background. As Crist decreed he would not sign the bill, the video cut to a shot of Robert Redford hitting the game-winning home run. The FEA audience erupted.

By 10:20, several TV reporters waited outside the hotel for Meek to arrive. He was set to go live on MSNBC and CNBC, then address the
delegates who had just cheered his rival.

-- Michael Van Sickler, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 10:23am]


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