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Will GOP leaders shun Crist at sine die?

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2010

It’s a tradition for most governors – including Charlie Crist – to join lawmakers on the fourth floor rotunda after the ceremonial sine die hankie drop marking the end of the legislative session.

But some important GOP leaders might be missing this year, if newly-non-party U.S. Senate candidate Crist drops by.

“I will not be seen anywhere in public with the governor. I will not be participating in anything with the governor,” said House budget chief David Rivera, a Marco Rubio supporter and Miami Congressional candidate.

“I don’t think there’s any real serious discussion” of Republican House leaders boycotting the sine die ceremonies, House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala said.

“He is still the duly-elected governor of the state. He just happens to be a candidate with no party affiliation running for the U.S. Senate. We still have to respect that and if the presiding officers decide that we want to go out there and do the sine die, I’ll be there,” Cretul said.

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4 Responses to “Will GOP leaders shun Crist at sine die?”

  1. AshleyN Says:

    I have lived in Florida for 48 years. I was a Democrat, I was a Republican and now I am an Independent. I am sick and tired of the two-party system in this state. The Democrat and Republican Parties have gotten bigger than the people and have forgotten them. Both parties in this state should pay attention to the swelling anger against them. If Charlie Crist does nothing else, he could possibly alter the future of Florida politics by finally promoting the status of a politician who runs unaffiliated with the Democrat or Republican Party.

  2. ELC Says:

    As a life-long Democrat it took me all
    of 2 years to go Independent(I’ve lived
    here all of 6 yrs). The Democrats and
    Republicans are both lost causes. I have
    lost all respect for Charlie Crist since
    his butt kissing of Obama. Whether he
    changes parties or not-I have no respect
    or confidence in him whatsoever. Both
    parties are a disaster in this state
    and whoever people vote for it just
    doesn’t matter anymore. I think I’m just
    going to sit this one out-I have no faith in politicans and once they get
    voted in they don’t listen to the public
    anymore anyhow.

  3. Pat Says:

    What a waste of space to include Larry Cretul in this article. He is an empty suit just like Charlie Crist and thank God going to be history soon just like Charlie Crist!!!!! Charlie Crist and Larry Cretul….two of the biggest loosers in the State of Florida. Good riddence.

  4. disgusted taxpayer Says:

    Charlie Crist is still a Republican, with good Republican values. He also doesn’t think Democrats are the “enemy” — he wants to work together for the good of everyone. The problem has been the ultra-right-wing conservatives in the state party — they want to serve only big business interests. Charlie didn’t leave the Republican Party — it left him.

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