Cabinet Overhaul

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - For the last time, Governor Charlie Crist and the state cabinet took their seats and took on the state’s business. Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum, CFO Alex Sink and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson were thanked for their service.

“It has been a pleasure to work with each of you and I wish you success in your next endeavors,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

All four will be jobless in January. The complete overhaul of the state cabinet wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for a risky decision. In May of 2009, Crist decided against a second term as governor for chance at US Senate.

“I can best serve the people of Florida if they are willing to allow me as their next US Senator,” said Crist in May of 2009.

Then Sink, McCollum and Bronson announced their intentions to replace him. Bronson dropped out. Sink and McCollum were defeated. Their political careers are over for now, but maybe not for good.

“I’m not going to close any doors,” said Sink.

“I never rule out anything,” said McCollum.

Crist is also leaving the door open, but first he may put his law degree to use.

“I have some nice opportunities that have been presented and I appreciate that,” said Crist.

Of the four, political experts agree that Crist is most politically motivated. There’s already speculation that he’s got his sites set on Congress. And the Congressional seat many believe Crist is eyeing belongs to Bill Young. Young is 79 and is the longest serving Republican in the House. Crist rents a condo in the district.

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