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What does Sanford implosion mean for Crist?

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SC_Governor_Where_SCMC102 South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford just admitted to an affair and a strange disappearance to Argentina. He said he'll resign as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. So what does that mean for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist?

Crist is part of the RGA's newly placed leadership team. He's the chairman of the annual gala, but Sanford's exit could boost Crist to a more prominent spot.

Sanford and Crist have crossed swords over the federal stimulus, with Crist embracing President Barack Obama's bailout and Sanford effectively calling it big government waste. The two have also been fashioned into a storyline about the direction (or "soul," as people love to keep saying) of the GOP, Crist the moderate and Sanford the archconservative.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:48pm]

    

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