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Smith V. Crist



"At the fear of appearing pro-murder,'' Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith ripped Republican Charlie Crist's "anti-murder bill,'' saying it would foist enormous expenses on local governments. "He couldn’t sell this to the Republican senate. He couldn’t even get it heard in a Republican senate (committee) that most of the people on that committee favored his candidacy,'' the former prosecutor said of Crist during a visit to the Times' editorial board. "What he did then, to admit the absurdity of it, the last iteration of it was “Well, we’ll make it not retroactive.' Well, if you don’t make it retroactive, I guess it might be of some value, but it would be a generation from now."

He also threw out some unsolicited advice to Crist: "You will never do well telling folks you do this or else. That’s just not the way you do business, and the next governor of Florida should not do business that way.’’

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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