Crist's First Moves
Gov.-elect Charlie Crist announced the top tier of his transition team Wednesday morning, the start of a 52-day blitz to quickly assemble a state government.
The chair of the Crist transition is Roberto Martinez, a Coral Gables lawyer and member of the state Board of education who headed Attorney General-elect Charlie Crist's 2002 transition. The vice-chair is Kathleen Shanahan, a former chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush. The transition team's executive director is George LeMieux, who ran Crist's campaign, and the deputy executive director is Chris Kise, a partner at Foley & Lardner who used to be Crist's solicitor general in the A.G.'s office.
Others named to serve on the transition include Monesia Brown, who was Crist's legislative affairs director in the A.G.'s office; Dean Colson, Martinez's law partner; Arlene DiBenigno, who was the political director for the campaign; Vivian Myrtretus, who was press secretary for the campaign; Garrett Walton, a Pensacola lawyer and businessman; and Clarence McKee, a governmental affairs consultant for the Ruden McClosly law firm in Fort Lauderdale.
Crist said the four standards he will use to guide selection of appointments are integrity, ability, diversity and those who "share Crist's vision."