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The not-so-public Mrs. Charlie Crist



She's the first lady most Floridians never see. Nine months after Carole Rome married Gov. Charlie Crist


before hundreds of guests in downtown St. Petersburg, the woman once so visible in the Hamptons now cautiously tiptoes around the limelight. Former first ladies Columba Bush and Rhea Chiles championed the arts or the well-being of children, but Mrs. Crist has yet to embrace a popular cause to improve life in Florida.

"This is all so new for me — the political, public life," Mrs. Crist said Saturday, holding hands with her husband in the lobby of a Gainesville hotel, before heading to the UF-Tennessee football game. "So I just wanted to be sure to take it slow and be sure that before I take on too much, that whatever I do that I can be effective and feel good about it."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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