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Crist asks Obama for $50 million to cover oil spill

by Dara Kam | May 6th, 2010

cristobama_090210Gov. Charlie Crist asked President Barack Obama for a $50 million emergency grant to offset costs related to the oil spill threatening Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Crist asked the president to essentially put his money where his mouth is and keep true to his promise to go all-out to help the Gulf states with the disaster.

“Encouraged by your pledge to ‘spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues…And we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused,‘ we ask that you seek ways to help bring about an application of disaster provisions of the Stafford Act that would permit disaster National Emergency Grants and the payment of Disaster Unemployment Assistance,” Crist wrote in a letter to Obama today.

Crist’s request is the latest in a string of high-ranking officials’ efforts to ensure the state’s emergency needs are met despite an initial $25 million block grant from BP to cover rapidly mounting costs to prepare for the anticipated impact of the massive oil spill.

No word yet if the newly-independent U.S. Senate candidate Crist will hug Obama if the president gives the green light for the dough.

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4 Responses to “Crist asks Obama for $50 million to cover oil spill”

  1. BrendaStarr Says:

    This is the latest news from the Orlando Sentinel:

    Mason-Dixon: Crist 38, Rubio 32, Meek 19

    May, 6 2010 12:01 PM
    Discuss This: Comments(0) | Add to | Digg it A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist leading a three-way race for U.S. Senate by 6 percentage points, but pollster Brad Coker warns the numbers may be a bit misleading.

    Crist, a newly-minted independent, is drawing strong support from Democrats and African-American voters. Trouble for him is, that may be only temporary.

    Fully 40 percent of voters say they still don’t know who Kendrick Meek is, and Coker said as Meek’s profile rises, those Democratic and African-American voters are likely to gravitate toward him. Meek, a Congressman from South Florida, is the likely Democratic nominee and is African-American.

    “When you see that more than half of Crist voters are Democrats, that’s a big red warning sign,” said Coker.

    Former House Speaker Marco Rubio appears well on his way to locking up the Republican vote. He’s capturing about 70 percent of the GOP, while Crist is getting 18 percent and Meek is getting 3 percent.

    Among Democratic voters, 48 percent favor Crist, 36 percent support Meek and 4 percent back Rubio.

  2. PoliticalBeach Says:

    Crist can ask Obama for anything. He’s in the buddy-system. Isn’t BP legall responsible for at least 75M? We have no money left if anyone hasn’t noticed or is he so wrapped up in his fence-hopping in political arenas he hasn’t quite grasped this?

  3. No more elected office, Charlie Says:

    Oh, he’ll hug anything that will advance and/or salvage his pathetic political career. Crist was against it, then for it, now against it. Convenient leadership just don’t cut it. Crist is a fraud on all levels.

    Vote for Rubio or Meek. Just not Charlie Crist.

  4. Giuseppe Weekley Says:

    I’m just upset beyond belief by this huge mess. Where can I find an probable assessment of the real size of the oil released? The assessments are all over the place. Thanks for your good post.

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