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Crist let his ambitions direct his pick for interim senator

Gov. Charlie Crist appears so hell-bent on becoming the state's next U.S. senator that he couldn't even risk appointing a more experienced caretaker to hold the seat until the 2010 election.

I once called Crist the human Gallup Poll for his uncanny ability to maintain his popularity, but with Democrats and Republicans criticizing the choice of George LeMieux, it makes me wonder if Crist is losing his touch. …

Sometimes I wonder whether former state House Speaker Ray Sansom is the only Florida politico to spend party funds on himself, or the only one to get caught. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Beer. …

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday (Oct. 15-18) still needs a headliner for Thursday night, and I'm suggesting Swing Out Sister. Yes, that '80s pop group has a silky new jazz CD out and lead singer Corrine Drewery sounds great. …

Fans can watch the Bucs take on Buffalo in air-conditioned opulence while sampling food from more than a dozen restaurants at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Tampa Tailgate on Sept. 20 at Raymond James Stadium Club lounge. Go to for details. …

Kudos to the 45 Outback Steakhouse employees who recently helped renovate the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope offices. The effort included painting walls and replacing carpet. …

I stepped outside late Friday to watch Discovery light up the sky. Seeing the glow and knowing that Clearwater High grad Nicole Passonno Stott was on board made me proud to be a Floridian.

And right now, this state needs something to be proud about. …

That's all I'm saying.

Crist let his ambitions direct his pick for interim senator 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 5:45pm]
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