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Crist confronts paternity claim



Charlie Crist confronted an 18-year-old claim that he fathered a child with a St. Petersburg woman, calling it "absolutely false" on Sunday as a secret campaign was launched near the end of the Republican primary for governor to leak the paternity dispute to the press.

Tampa_cristpa_869525 Documents faxed anonymously to the St. Petersburg Times show that in 1989 Rebecca O'Dell Wharrie (photo right) said Crist was the father of a baby she wanted to place for adoption. Crist signed an affidavit denying paternity and relinquishing any parental rights. "Parenthood by myself is not possible as I never consummated the act necessary for parenthood," Crist stated in the affidavit signed in May 1989. In a handwritten note at the bottom, he added "This should make clear the adoptive process. Thanks, Charlie."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:43pm]


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