One dog and two kids

Remember when Rick Scott latched onto a dog as a campaign prop in 2010, in an effort to prove his humanity?

And, how we laughed when Rick Scott so quickly dumped the dog after the election?

Reagan, the now famous dog that once belonged to Gov. Rick Scott, was banished from the Governor’s Mansion after biting an employee who moved his water bowl.

“The governor and first lady love dogs, and they had to make a hard decision when it was clear that Reagan was very anxious around lots of different people,” Scott spokeswoman Melissa Sellers said.

The dog bite occurred while the governor was in Orlando on Jan. 7, 2011, just three days after Scott took office, according to an incident report released by Scott’s office late last week. Mansion grounds employee Jennifer Kinsey was arranging flowers in the mansion when Reagan bit her on the right hand, according to the incident report made by her supervisor for the Department of Management Services. The report noted that the injury was not serious and required no medical treatment.

Scott introduced the yellow Labrador to Facebook readers on Sept. 7, 2010, shortly after he won the Republican nomination and before his election in November 2010. Facebook friends chose the name Reagan from a list of three choices suggested by the campaign and applauded the candidate’s decision to adopt a rescue dog.

After the bite report, Sellers said, Scott flew Reagan back to Naples on his private jet and returned the dog to All Pets Grooming and Boarding, a Collier County groomer.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gubernatorial/gov-rick-scotts-former-dog-reagan-bit-employee-report-says/1271611

Does it make you wonder about Charlie Crist’s wife’s kids, the ones he latched onto before his senate race in 2010, as proof of something or other?

The ex-husband of former Florida first lady Carole Crist has been granted full custody of their two daughters, after alleging that she abandoned them and hasn’t returned messages in nearly two years.

“She’s completely abandoned them,” Todd Rome said of his former wife of 14 years in a brief telephone interview Friday.

He said Mrs. Crist, married for four years to former Gov. Charlie Crist, has not seen or spoken to her 14- and 16-year-old daughters since June 8, 2011, and that even simple tasks like getting her signature on documents have become a challenge.

Mrs. Crist and ex-husband Rome had joint custody until Feb. 1 when a family court judge in New York granted him temporary full custody. Rome said he may seek full custody permanently. . . .

Reached by phone as he was driving with his daughters, Rome said he has no explanation for why Mrs. Crist, 43, cut off contact with his daughters. He then passed the phone to his wife of four-plus years, Vanessa Rome.

“Anything that needs a co-parent signature becomes a complete ordeal, because she doesn’t answer,” Mrs. Rome said of Mrs. Crist. Mrs. Crist used to visit her daughters every other weekend in New York City.

Mrs. Rome said Mrs. Crist had no patience for the girls any time they complained about something.

“She doesn’t like to discuss anything or be called out, so if they say anything that rocks the boat she’ll say, ‘Okay, bye. I have to go,’ and hang up.”

The former governor has in the past spoken warmly of his stepdaughters — he called them “our children” in 2009 — but Mrs. Rome said “he wanted no part of them.” When in Florida during 2010, the girls constantly found themselves bored at political fundraising events with no one to talk to. Mr. Crist, she said, also had no tolerance for any hint of unpleasant teen behavior.

“He would say, ‘I’m not coming to dinner with you with that attitude,’ ” she said. “Often they were left alone in the hotel room to order room service.”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gubernatorial/charlie-crists-wife-loses-custody-of-two-teenage-daughters/1275394

Which do you think plays worse with the public – – returning a dog you no longer have any use for?  Or, returning two kids?

Charlie Crist forgets again

Charlie Crist forgot what everyone else remembered:

Former Gov. Charlie Crist says he didn’t know an ex-GOP chair was taking a share of donations, but a lobbyist says Crist told him he was OK with the arrangement.
In a deposition released Thursday, Brian Ballard said Crist told him then-party chairman Jim Greer and executive director Delmar Johnson would take over state GOP fundraising and be compensated for taking on the extra role.
In his deposition, Crist said he knew Johnson was taking on fundraising responsibilities, but not Greer. Crist said the party chairman is always expected to raise money without receiving extra compensation.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/07/3222483/crist-i-didnt-know-about-greer.html#storylink=cpy

Of course, we’ll never know the truth:

Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges Monday just before jury selection in his criminal trial was to begin.
Greer pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering for funneling money from the Republican Party of Florida to a company he set up with his right-hand man. He could be sentenced to a minimum of 3 1/2 years and a maximum of 35 years in prison at his March 27 sentencing.
The plea deal avoids would could have been an embarrassing trial for the state GOP. Some of Florida’s most powerful politicians were scheduled as witnesses, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and several state House and state Senate leaders.
“There were a number of people who did not want this trial to go forward and the trial isn’t going forward,” said Damon Chase, Greer’s attorney. “Once again, Jim Greer is falling on his sword for a lot of other folks.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/11/3228113/headaches-for-fla-gop-ahead-in.html#storylink=cpy

But, we do remember the relationship between Crist and corrupt felon Jim Greer:

Topics that were covered in pretrial depositions included allegations of prostitutes at a state GOP fundraiser in the Bahamas, lavish spending on fancy restaurants and luxury hotels by state party leaders, the drinking habits of Crist and party leaders stabbing each other in the back.
Greer, 50, was vice mayor of the small central Florida town of Oviedo when Crist surprisingly picked him to be the state party chairman after he led local efforts to help Crist get elected governor in 2006.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/11/3228113/headaches-for-fla-gop-ahead-in.html#storylink=cpy

I guess Crist will now forget he ever knew Jim Greer. 

Just like he now forgets his opposition to Obamacare.

http://www.bluebroward.org/2012/12/10/charlie-crist-and-obamacare-in-case-youre-wondering/

Just like he now forgets his role in enshrining marriage discrimination in the state constitution.

http://www.bluebroward.org/2012/12/17/charlie-crist-and-marriage-equality/

Will Florida Democrats forget?

 

Charlie Crist and marriage equality

In 2006, Florida’s Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist signed a petition to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in Florida’s state constitution.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/12/crists-run-from-the-past-run-continues-gay-marriage-edition.html

Thereafter, Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist, as head of the state Republican Party, “helped fund [the campaign for a state] gay-marriage ban.”

“And,  he boasted about voting for it.  “I voted for it,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times outside the polling place at the time. “It’s what I believe in.”

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/12/crists-run-from-the-past-run-continues-gay-marriage-edition.html

On 8/29/10, during his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, self described “Reagan Republican” turned “Jeb Bush Republican” turned “Independent Conservative” Charlie Crist told CNN that he backed a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

http://www.advocate.com/news/daily-news/2010/08/29/crist-then-against-marriage-amendment

Within one day, Crist clarified “that the governor just meant an amendment to the Florida constitution.”

http://www.salon.com/2010/08/30/charlie_crist_suports_opposes_everything/

Now a Democrat, Crist “regrets signing a petition in 2006 calling for a gay marriage ban in the state constitution.”

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/newly-democratic-charlie-crist-regrets-gay-marriage-opposition

Okay – – now Crist regrets signing the petition.  But, does he regret supporting the campaign?  funding the campaign?  voting to amend the constitution?  In fact, does he still support Florida’s ban on gay marriage?   

I guess it depends.

Meek Looking, Sounding Stronger (Thank You, Jeff Greene)

Kendrick Meek looked and sounded like a much stronger candidate for U.S. Senate when he came to visit the Broward Democratic Party this week. One of the criticisms of Meek as a candidate is that he has never been tested in a tough campaign, since he basically inherited his U.S. House seat from his mother. But billionaire carpetbagger Jeff Greene has done a lot to change that, as has the advent of Gov. Charlie Crist as a wildcard third-party candidate in the race.

Meek knows he has to fight now, and he is sounding more convincing when he says he can and will win. I’d seen him speak at a poorly attended rally in Plantation just a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed, so the contrast was striking. The Sun-Sentinel’s Anthony Mann heard the change in tone, too:

Meek told the Democrats that Greene’s advertising hasn’t won him the election.

“After $7 million of advertising that you’ve been watching over the last several week’s, my opponent’s negatives are higher than his positives,” Meek said. “We have not run a 15-second radio ad yet. And I’m still three points ahead.”

Meek arrived at the Democratic Party meeting from the airport. Earlier Tuesday he spoke to the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington, D.C.
His 10 minutes of remarks were more animated than many of his speeches earlier in the campaign, and he got two standing ovations from the Democratic activists.

“I am the real Democrat in the race,” he said.

“Democrats, I need you right now. This state needs you right now. And regardless of the money that’s going to be involved in this campaign we have to show the country when you have four major candidates, including my opponent, and I’m the only one who hasn’t run as a Republican in the past, that’s a no brainer. That’s no brainer,” Meek said.

He was referring to Republican Marco Rubio, no party affiliation candidate Charlie Crist, and Greene, who ran for Congress as a Republican in California. Crist was a Republican until he left the party. (Kendrick Meek says he’ll have ads on television within days, possibly sooner)

Meek has also been doing some of the right things all along, such as using a petition drive to qualify for the ballot as a way of building grassroots support along the way. Assuming he wins the primary, he will fill face a tough challenge in the three-way race with Crist and Republican Marco Rubio. But he is looking more like he knows how to win it.