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Former Miami major blasts Crist for his Sotomayor excuse



Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre takes a long, hard hit at Gov. Charlie Crist and his failure to take a stand on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court in an opinion piece in today's Miami Herald.

Ferre notes that he was the ''first Hispanic elected mayor of Miami, I remember well the pride that my victory gave the Puerto Rican -- and indeed the broader Hispanic -- community.'' He said "Crist should feel pressure to tell the public where he stands; particularly because he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, the very body that will sit in judgment of future judicial appointments.''

He says the governor's "wobbly status is easy to understand politically'' and "suggests its a "sad commentary on Crist's political leadership, and a preview of how he would act as a senator.''

He calls the governor's excuse -- that he's busy performing his duties as governor -- "ludicrous in view of the amount of time he has spent promoting and raising money for his U.S. Senate candidacy.

"Despite claiming to be busy working, Crist's duties as governor have not prevented him from attending nightly fundraisers, including multiple out of state fundraising events.''

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:53pm]


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