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Larry Cretul sounds off on Charlie Crist's 'smoke and mirrors'



House Speaker Larry Cretul said Thursday he remains skeptical about the need for a four-day special session next week. The Ocala Republican still thinks Gov. Charlie Crist's proposed ban on offshore drilling in the state Constitution is "symbolic and perhaps even smoke and mirrors."

In what could be a sign of trouble ahead, Cretul would not directly address speculation that he will gavel in the special session and then send lawmakers home soon thereafter. "My plan is to convene at 12 o'clock on Tuesday."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:13am]


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