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Tom Grady files lawsuit demanding Charlie Crist return donations



Naples Daily News: Linda Morton of Naples donated $500 to Gov. Charlie Crist ’s Senate election campaign, while John Rood of Jacksonville, a retired U.S. Ambassador, donated $4,800 to the Republican.

Now they want a refund.

The two have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all contributors who are demanding their money back after Crist announced he’d run as an Independent.

“Crist has made it clear that he believes a candidate should not say one thing and do another," says the lawsuit, filed last week in Collier Circuit Court. "… The parties agree with Crist.”

The two are represented by Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, who resigned as regional chairman of Crist’s Senate campaign and from the statewide finance team after the Republican switched parties. Grady couldn’t immediately be reached for comment this afternoon.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:44am]


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