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Lee and Crist



If Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Republican chief financial officer candidate Tom Lee win their primaries, the best show of the general election could be those two trying to play mutual admirers. No problem for Attorney General Crist, who is everybody's pal, but state Senate President Lee tends to be a whole lot less diplomatic when he disagrees with someone. Take Lee's response on today's Political Connections show on Bay News 9 when asked about Crist going to court in 2004 to challenge phone rate increases: "Disingenuous," said Lee, who is officially neutral in the governor's race.

For two years, Lee fought to kill the legislative proposals that led to the rate increases, while Crist stayed quiet. After the bill passed, Crist won lots of publicity going to court to argue the Public Service Commission wrongly implemented the bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature."There are a lot of things in public life that I've experienced over the last 10 years that are easy targets for people looking to boost their name ID and be on the front page of the newspaper," Lee said, describing Crist's handling of the controversial telecom proposal. "I think it causes us to get a bad name as elected officials." More of the print Buzz is here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:13pm]


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