Governor Claude Kirk showed up at his January 1967 inaugural ball with a woman he would only identify as Madam X. She was 33
year-old Ericka Mattfield. The two were married before the year was out. Like Charlie Crist’s impending vows, the press was kept out. In a year end interview, the current governor says that he and Carol Rome, his bride to be, will split their time between three Florida cities.
“I look forward to her spending a lot of time at the mansion. I also rent a place in St. Petersburg, she also owns a home in Miami. So between those three, that’s where we’ll be," says Gov. Crist.
Crist met 39 year-old Carol Rome through mutual friends in New York. He and others describe her as caring and compassionate.
“She’s got a great heart and cares deeply about children. We went to a March of Dimes event, for example, this weekend. So I think things like that will come natural to Carol,” says Gov. Crist.
The soon to be first lady has two daughters from a previous marriage. They attend school in New York. So it’s unclear if the sound of young children will grace the Governor’s mansion anytime soon.
Crist has been a bachelor since a brief marriage in 1980.
Most details of the wedding, including the guest list, are being kept secret.
A pool reporter will be at the St. Petersburg wedding, but no television cameras will be allowed inside the church.