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Crist, the 'people's governor,' considering joining the 'people's law firm'



Charlie Crist, the self-styled "people's governor," is in talks to join the "people's" law firm. The Buzz has learned Crist is weighing an offer from high-profile trial lawyer John Morgan.

Crist -- who has not committed -- has discussed working in St. Petersburg or in Tallahassee, a source confirmed. Crist and Morgan have long been allies, and Morgan helped raise money for his unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate. Morgan was among those pushing Crist to run as an independent when it was clear he could not beat Marco Rubio in the GOP primary.

Morgan is known for his ubiquitous "for the people" billboards and radio ads promoting the firm's pro-consumer work. As governor, Crist cultivated a similar pro-consumer image.

The firm has offices across Florida and in Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee, but not Tallahassee. Morgan also does not have a lobbying arm. Crist, a Cumberland School of Law grad, leaves office in January.

Crist earlier this week said he was looking at numerous options but declined to be specific about John Morgan and the firm specifically.

[Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 3:23pm]


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