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Tiff Smoothed Over



When Crist came to speak to Tallahassee's Tiger Bay, he got a surprise detante.

Dexter Douglass apologized for bad-mouthing Gov. Charlie Crist more than a decade ago, when Douglass was general counsel for Gov. Lawton Chiles and Crist ran the Senate ethics and elections committee. Crist, in turn, also apologized for insulting Douglass -- and his cow! (Though Buzz has no idea what the cow comment is about.)

The feud dates back to 1995 when Crist had been investigating a campaign complaint about thousands of misleading calls made in 1994 that warned senior citizens that then-gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush opposed Social Security and Medicare. A year later, Chiles acknowledged that his campaign paid for many of the calls, but not until the day Crist's committee subpoenaed his campaign. (Chiles said he didn't know his campaign had paid for the calls until then.)

Douglass: "I want to eat a little crow if that's all right with you. As you know, I'm a Democrat, I still am. I was Lawton Chiles' good friend and general counsel. I want to tell you that listening to you today, you sound like Lawton Chiles. I apologize for all the unkind things I've said about you. I don't know about all your policies, but I do know this: By God, you are a Floridian and we are glad to have another one in the governor's office."

Crist: "Thank you, sir. I appreciate it very much and I apologize for anything I ever said about your cow. Remember?"

Douglass: "The cows didn't mind."

--Lucy Morgan

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:27pm]


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