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Sen. GOP leader blasts Charlie Crist for skipping King funeral



Gov. Charlie Crist attended the Tuesday memorial for Sen. Jim King in Tallahassee, but by then, it was almost too late for some of the former Republican senate president's close friends. Crist was a no-show at King's Jacksonville funeral over the weekend. Crist was in Aspen Colorado, where he attended a fundraiser for his already-well-funded U.S. Senate campaign. (Crist said he also had a family engagement, but didn't elaborate.)

Senate Republican leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla wasn't too keen on the governor's explanation, saying publicly what many privately grumbled.

"Quite frankly, I thought it inappropriate and very disrespectful. There is a time and a place for everything," the Miami senator said.

Story on the memorial is here

-- Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:55pm]


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