St. Petersburg Times – Crist serves himself, not state, with appointment: Gov. Charlie Crist could have appointed a former congressman, a former legislator, a former Jacksonville mayor, a former state attorney general, or even a former U.S. attorney to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Instead, the governor chose his alter ego to keep the seat warm for 16 months as he campaigns for it. He might as well have appointed himself.
Daytona Beach News Journal – Full disclosure no burden for electioneering in Florida: The Legislature should revisit its 2004 law early next year in time for the 2010 election cycle, preserve its transparency requirements but redefine its reach to ensure that communicating about an election and “electioneering” aren’t confused. The First Amendment should be guarded. But it shouldn’t be a cloak for anonymity that turns the amendment against itself by denying voters the right to be clearly informed about those who seek to influence them.
Orlando Sentinel – It’s all about Mr. Crist: “We make decisions together,” Mr. LeMieux said almost three years ago after Mr. Crist won the governorship. “He’s the senior partner and I’m the junior partner.” Never doubt that won’t still be the case once Mr. LeMieux takes his seat on Capitol Hill. Just last week at the time of his Senate-job interview with Mr. Crist, Mr. LeMieux volunteered that he’s “a Charlie Crist Republican,” adding that “the Charlie Crist way … is the way we need to address things in Washington.”
What more could Mr. Crist want in someone to keep warm the seat he himself hopes to win outright in the November 2010 election?
Tallahassee Democrat – Keep the faith: You don’t have to take our word for it that Tallahassee will bounce back. U.S. News Media Group this week released a listing of “America’s Best Places to Find a Job,” and Tallahassee was in the top 10. The survey looked at unemployment rates, job growth and career opportunities in 2,000 cities.
Tampa Tribune – Crist sends friend to Washington: In choosing his longtime political confidante and former chief of staff George LeMieux to fill Mel Martinez’s seat in the U.S. Senate, Gov. Charlie Crist did what he usually does: what’s best for Charlie.