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Heartbreak in the Speaker's office



NfldraftGov. Charlie Crist's office sent out a notice this morning that he was going to meet with House Speaker Marco Rubio, causing a stir. But they didn't talk taxes -- They watched the NFL draft.

"If we can get a quarterback and tax cuts this week, that's great," Rubio joked. He and Crist popped open Diet Cokes and sat back. Rubio cheered as team after team passed over Brady Quinn. And then it came ... "With the 9th pick in the 2007 NFL draft," the announcer said, "the Miami Dolphins select Ted Ginn."

The room erupted. “I told you they’d screw it up,” a reporter quipped. Rubio put his hands in his face, speechless. “I’m blown away. I can’t believe it," he said after a minute. “I mean he’s great, but who’s going to throw him the ball?' The ever-sunny Crist said, "Everything works out for the best."

We thought two of most powerful politicians in Tallahassee would actually talk taxes. Crist did too, it seemed, bringing his chief of staff and press secretary. But after hanging for an hour Crist got up and thanked Rubio for the hospitality. "There's nowhere to go but up," the governor said. (Rubio's office later explained there was no plan to discuss the tax impasse and that the speaker, monitoring the budget conference, thought it would be a nice gesture to invite the governor up.)

Oh, and Quinn went to the Cleveland Browns.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:46pm]


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