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Crist plays nice with Rubio




In his first live remarks on the gambling lawsuit filed yesterday by House Speaker Marco Rubio, Gov. Charlie Crist tried to put on his best face.

"He has right to do what he wants to do. I have great respect, as you know, with the separation of powers. I think it's important and I look forward to the court making a decision," he said during a news conference. With that, spokeswoman Erin Isaac shouted the familiar "last question."

But a reporter asked if Crist had looked over the arguments in Rubio's challenge to the Seminole Indian gambling compact, now before the Florida Supreme Court. "Only some of it." Does he make a good point about the legislative authority? "I respectfully disagree," Crist said, saying he entered the compact on "sound" legal counsel.

Crist was also asked if Rubio failed to show leadership (as his chief of staff, George LeMieux, said yesterday): "I think he's doing what he feels he has a right to do."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:28am]


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