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Former first lady sells Fisher Island condo for $3.5M

Charlie Crist and his wife, Carole Rome, rent a place in the Bayfront Tower.

SCOTT KEELER (2008)

Charlie Crist and his wife, Carole Rome, rent a place in the Bayfront Tower.

Former first lady Carole Crist sold her four-bedroom, four-bath Fisher Island condo for $3.5 million, the Sun-Sentinel reports. She and her ex-husband Todd Rome bought the 3,700-square-foot condo for $4.1 million in 2007.

These days, she and former Gov. Charlie Crist are living in more humble digs: a rental at Bayfront Tower in downtown St. Petersburg.

Haridopolos' book a tough sell

After Republican Senate president and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos recently said his unusual book deal with Brevard Community College would earn the school some money, the liberal group Progress Florida took that as a challenge.

It asked the college how much revenue has been produced by Haridopolos' e-book, Florida Legislative History and Processes. Grand total: $487.90.

"The total number of books sold as of today is 70 and the total royalties awarded to Brevard Community College is $487.90," Pinar Eskicirak, the college's budget coordinator, wrote on June 21. "We receive 70 percent of the sale price through Amazon Kindle after a $0.03 delivery cost per book is deducted."

Haridopolos was paid $152,000 to write the book. So the college only needs to sell about 21,700 additional copies to break even.

Scott: No gay marriage here

Gov. Rick Scott was in St. Petersburg on Monday to hold a ceremonial signing of several education bills. He was asked by a reporter afterward whether Florida might legalize gay marriage, like New York recently did.

"Well, as you know, by the Constitution, that can't come here," Scott told reporters. "So … it won't be … it's not really a discussion here."

Scott's right. Section 27 of the Florida Constitution defines marriage as "the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife." The constitutional amendment, adopted by voters in 2008, says that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

Stunned by Scott poll numbers

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used his Fox News show recently to lament Scott's poor poll numbers and all but put the blame on the "idiot" newspapers.

"You're doing a lot of things people had hoped you would do, and yet (your) approval rating recently has not been stellar," Huckabee said. "And I'm stunned as to why."

Huckabee used the state's declining unemployment (never has a 10.6 percent jobless rate sounded so good) as proof that Scott "had already done what you promised you going to do." Huckabee asked if his problems were the Legislature and the press, but Scott didn't bite.

"When you make tough decisions, some people don't like it," Scott said.

Apparently no one told Huckabee that Scott doesn't read Florida news, because the former presidential candidate stayed on point, showing these unpleasant newspaper headlines:

Sun-Sentinel: "Is Rick Scott the country's worst governor?"

Miami New Times: "Will any GOP 2012 candidate even want Rick Scott's endorsement?"

St. Petersburg Times: "The job-killing governor."

It's unclear if Huckabee read any of the articles. Two (the Sun-Sentinel and Times) are editorials and the third is a blog that teases to the conservative DailyCaller.com, which quotes GOP strategist Rick Wilson saying former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will be more important endorsements than the governor of the U.S.' biggest swing state.

"What is it about the newspapers and the press there that just seems to want to ignore the obvious of the positive successes that Florida is experiencing?" Huckabee asked Scott.

When Scott turned the question back to his own message about competing for jobs, Huckabee predicted that Scott's endorsement will be a prize for GOP presidential contenders.

"Can I tell you that every one of them are going to want it and they would be proud to have it and anyone else who thinks otherwise is simply an idiot," Huckabee said. "And I'll say that about the newspaper who had the audacity to put that headline in there."

Times writers Michael C. Bender and Danny Valentine contributed to this report.

Former first lady sells Fisher Island condo for $3.5M 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:15pm]
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