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Charlie Crist meets with New York billionaire Tom Golisano

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The Sunshine State News is reporting that Charlie Crist recently met with New York billionaire Tom Golisano:

As part of his outreach for contributions and counsel as an independent U.S. Senate candidate, Gov. Charlie Crist recently had a tete-a-tete with New York billionaire Tom Golisano.

Golisano is no stranger to independent politics, having run for governor in New York three times. He campaigned on the New York Independence Party ticket each time.

Laureen Oliver, former state chairman of the Independence Party, now lives in the Orlando area and reportedly set up the meeting.

Reached by phone in New York, Galisano confirmed to Sunshine State News that he and Crist met in Southwest Florida.

Galisano would neither confirm nor deny that Crist asked for or received a campaign contribution at their meeting.

Crist spokeswoman Michelle Todd did not respond to a message left by Sunshine State News.

Describing Golisano has simply not a stranger to politics is a complete understatement. Ask any New Yorker and they will tell you that Golisano all but destroyed that state’s government with a staged coup of the legislature last year. As the Gothamist reported then:

It’s Albany as usual—and by usual, we mean totally full-tilt boogie dysfunctional. Yesterday, two State Senate Democrats decided to join the Republican minority, which then threw the GOP back in power, with a 32-member majority (30 Republicans, the 2 defected Democrats). The Times Union reports, “The whole posse was backed by billionaire Thomas Golisano, who has been conspiring with a small cadre of lawmakers to accomplish the overthrow.” Wow, Golisano was really pissed about paying more in taxes! The Daily News sums it up in an editorial (on the cover, no less): “Yesterday’s coup d’etat revealed Albany for the madhouse it has become, with the lunatics firmly in charge of the asylum.”

Not really sure what Crist is up to with Golisano, but whatever it is, it’s not good.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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