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JD Alexander would gladly appear with Gov. Charlie Crist



His House budget-writing counterpart, Rep. David Rivera, says he'll refuse to appear in public at any post-session Sine Die ceremony with Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday. But Senate budget chief JD Alexander says he'll gladly appear with Crist, despite their many philosophical differences this session.

Buzz_1 "He's our governor. I'd always welcome him. That would be great," Alexander (at left) said. "How he runs for another office is another issue for another day. We're here to do our job. Our job is to try to build a budget, working as collegially as possible with our governor, and I have no angst standing beside him at any time." 

Rivera, who's running for Congress in Miami, likened Crist to the traitor Benedict Arnold for his decision to discard the Republican label and run as a nonpartisan U.S. Senate candidate. House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, also stopped short of saying he would appear in public with the governor on Friday. "Let's wait and see if we're going to get out of here on time," Cretul said.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:32am]


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