Economy Took Toll on Crist's Term as Florida Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will linger
in some short-term memories for his failed independent Senate run
and his pardon of singer Jim Morrison.

People thinking longer term will recall a popular governor who
persuaded Republicans and Democrats to work together and had
potential for success at the national level.

For much of his tenure, Crist was strongly supported by voters
across party lines.

But the combination of a bad economy and uncharacteristic
political miscalculations set his career into reverse.

The guy who was mentioned as a potential 2008 running mate for
Republican John McCain and a possible future presidential candidate
is now looking for a job outside of politics.

Republican Rick Scott replaces him Jan. 4.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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