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Crist and Davis meet again



Charlie Crist and Jim Davis attended a gathering of the Florida congressional delegation Friday in what was likely the first meeting between the former opponents since the election.

Crist, the state's newly elected governor and featured guest, was greeted with handshakes and pats on the back. Davis was one of 17  Florida House members who attended, along with U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez.

When Davis walked in a couple minutes late, Crist got up from his seat at the head of the table, walked over to him and shook his hand.

"Jim was a worthy opponent,'' Crist said. "It was tough and spirited campaign and I appreciate the way you comported yourself throughout it. You are a gentlemen and a great public servant."

Davis responded: "I feel the same way, Charlie. I look forward to helping you succeed." His colleagues gave his a round of applause.

Even without the Crist-Davis drama, there were several other memorable moments from the last Florida delegation meeting of the 109th Congress which is set to adjourn Friday.

* Rep. Corrine Brown trying to speak after Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart but being interrupted by his brother, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, the next member scheduled to speak. "You think you can go next because he's your brother?" she asked. (We assume she was joking but she sure didn't sound like it and with her you just never know.) Mario Diaz-Balart let her speak.

* A late Rep. Katherine Harris standing in the hall, trying to get in through a locked door. She was able to slip in another door when Martinez left early to vote.

* Rep. C.W. Bill Young's kind words about all the departing House colleagues - Mike Bilirakis, Katherine Harris, Clay Shaw and, of course, Jim Davis. (There was no mention of former Rep. Mark Foley.) 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:42am]


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