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Scott, Crist Host Menorah-Lighting Ceremony

By: AP; Jennifer Milton Email
By: AP; Jennifer Milton Email

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -

Governor-elect Rick Scott has joined his predecessor, Gov. Charlie Crist, for a symbolic menorah-lighting ceremony to mark the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.

Scott held 11-year-old Mendy Oirechman on Monday as the boy lit
the candles on a large menorah at the Governor's Mansion in
Tallahassee. Mendy is the son of Tallahassee Rabbi Schneur Z.
Oirechman. Hanukkah starts Wednesday.

The incoming and outgoing governors briefly answered reporters'
questions before the ceremony. Both said the transition has been a
lot of work but fun.

Scott, a multimillionaire health care executive, said he was
confident of attracting business people to work in his
administration, even though they'd have to take a steep pay cut.

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

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Statement by Gov. Charlie Crist:

“Carole and I extend warm wishes of joy and prosperity to all Floridians observing the Festival of Lights. Beginning this evening, families and friends will gather to light the celebration’s first candle.

“The miracle of Hanukkah inspires us all to remember the limitless possibilities available to those who persevere with courage and hope. Just as the Jewish people were encouraged and strengthened when the oil in the temple lasted longer than they expected, we pray for those in need of hope during these challenging times.

“May this special time of year remind us of how we each can be of service and help to our communities, to our state, and to our nation.”


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