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Charlie Crist's days off



Gov. Charlie Crist took three days off last week and, among other things, indulged one of his favorite hobbies: He went fishing in Southwest Florida. Crist has been very busy since he took over for Jeb Bush on Jan. 2, but he's also been vigilant about taking time off, too. By the Buzz's count, Crist has taken a total of 14 full weekdays off (listed as "personal days" on his schedule) since January.

He also has taken parts of at least eight other days, and he has been visible frequently at events on weekends. "I'm never not governor," Crist says. 

With property taxes and property insurance still roiling the public, Crist's work habits may surprise some of his constituents, but he made no apologies. "I think everybody takes their own approach," Crist said. "We all have to operate the way we feel the most comfortable. That's what I'm trying to do."

In the past, Crist has said his predecessors advised him that because being governor is an all-consuming job, he should take time off whenever it's possible to "recharge your batteries."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:58pm]


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