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Crist the populist?



To hear Democrats tell it, Republicans are the party for big business. But to hear Republican gubernatorial front-runner Charlie Crist on the campaign trail, some of Florida’s biggest businesses might want to be wary of a Gov. Crist:

***“You think I care about insurance companies? No, I don’t,’’ he scoffed when asked about insurance companies lamenting Florida losses while making billions in profits nationally.

****Of the Public Service Commission’s regulation of utility rates, he said, “My appointments to that commission will be very different (from Jeb Bush’s). They will have to understand that they need to work for the people. It is the Public Service Commission. It’s not the utility company service commission; it’s not the phone company service commission.’’

****Brushing off questions about why, unlike Democrat Jim Davis, he is not pushing for property tax caps for businesses in addition to homeowners, he says, "It's called Save Our Homes, not save our businesses." Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:51pm]


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