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Crist throws down PSC gauntlet



Amid an allegation that Public Service Commissioner Katrina McMurrian had an inappropriate meal with an FPL exec, Gov. Charlie Crist suggested Tuesday that McMurrian and Chairman Matthew Carter should vote against an FPL rate increase -- or face losing their jobs.

Both commissioners are up for reappointment this year, but Crist can chose four other people whose names were forwarded to him by a nominating council.

Crist said the New York City dinner McMurrian had was was "probably not appropriate."

The transcript:

Sould the PSC should delay its rate hearings until a myriad of questions (including an FDLE probe) are cleared up?

“I don’t know why we should postpone it. Let’s see what the commissioners want to do, and then I can have a better handle on who to appoint or reappoint,” Crist said.

The reason that Sen. Mike Fasano and others have called for delay is due to the numerous allegations raised concerning the PSC.

“That’s for others to decide," Crist said." I know the FDLE is involved in that, but I think that it would be nice to reject the rate increase.

“I’m trying to appoint members that will be sympathetic to the people and the economic challenge that they’re facing. And so that’s a factor, of course.

“Reducing the rates reduces the rates. And it seems to me that the people deserve a break now more than ever. And so that’s what I’ve encouraged and I continue to encourage.”


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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