Crist sails back to work
Gov. Charlie Crist was back at work Tuesday after an extraordinary five days off (nobody can recall Jeb Bush ever taking that many days off in a row). But he made up for the lost media exposure with not one -- not two -- but three events in six hours where reporters could ask questions (in the tortured jargon of modern-day politics, they're called "media availabilities.")
Not every question were about property tax policy or supplemental appropriations. Knowing that Crist prefers to spend down time in his hometown of St. Pete, The Buzz wondered whether Crist spent any time aboard "Freedom," the 25-foot boat he keeps docked at his parents' home.
"I did. I did. First time in a long time, and it wasn't the best of weather," Crist said. Then The Palm Beach Post's Dara Kam asked whether Crist had "America's Hottest Mom" on the boat (a reference to Kelly Heyniger of Lake Clarke Shores, whom Crist recently escorted to a Red Cross charity function in Palm Beach. She's a contestant on the upcoming reality TV show "Hottest Mom in America").
Crist didn't directly respond. "I saw your story. Where are you going with that?" he playfully asked the Post, which broke the Heyniger story. "It was just a charity thing. The American Red Cross," Crist said, referring to the benefit the pair attended Feb. 10 on Jupiter Island.