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Contestants for a dream job



It's the oddest reality show to come along in ages: Survivor: Charlie Crist's Senator Selection Saga. Eight men and one woman scattered across a peninsula and competing for the affections of a white-haired leader. The prize? A 16-month job as seat-warmer in the U.S. Senate.

One by one, Gov. Crist has summoned the contestants on his not-so-short list of finalists to replace Mel Martinez. After private interviews, he's trotted them out to stand before the cameras and publicly declare their admiration for Crist and to tout their assets.

Why, you may wonder, would so many respected public servants subject themselves to this? Because it is a dream job, and potentially very lucrative. (Adam Smith appraises the candidates here)


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:15pm]


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