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Nelson commends Crist -- again



Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson lavished praise on Republican Gov. Charlie Crist during a Florida congressional delegation meeting Thursday afternoon at the Capitol. It was the second time in two days.

Crist wasn't at the meeting but after the new director of his Washington office -- Kerry Feehery -- was introduced, Nelson made a point of saying that Crist's action during last week's tornadoes were "exceptional."

"The governor looks forward to working with the Florida delegation in a bipartisan manner,'' said Feehery, who used to work for Republican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. (Martinez, back in Florida attending his foster mother's funeral, was not present.)

A day earlier, during a Senate committee hearing on electronic voting, Nelson praised Crist for his recent recommendation to set aside more than $30-million to replace touch screens with paper ballots by 2008.

"Kudos to Charlie Crist,'' Nelson said. "He did what was unexpected."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:29pm]


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