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Crist gets to work at Morgan & Morgan

by Dara Kam | January 7th, 2011

Former Gov. Charlie Crist has joined the Morgan & Morgan law firm as expected.

Crist was in talks with longtime political supporter and friend John Morgan before officially leaving office this week.

Crist also said he may take a part-time job as a visiting professor at Stetson Law School in his St. Petersburg hometown.

Crist passed the Florida Bar exam on his third attempt after receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Alabama.

It’s been 18 years since Crist punched the clock at a private job.

He was first elected to the state Senate in 1992 and has been a public servant ever since.

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15 Responses to “Crist gets to work at Morgan & Morgan”

  1. SOUTHERN YANKEE Says:

    Don’t worry about Soundbite Charlie; he won’t stay long in a REAL working job. Some political office will become available soon and he will head into the limelight once again. I hear that the Dog Catcher job in Jupiter Farms is coming available. Unfortunately, there will be no gathering of the rich & famous at the Jupiter Farms Breakers.

  2. Pubic Servant Is More Like It Says:

    These career leeches get into politics and get hid in the cracks of someone elses butt and hang their for years. The 64 million dollar question is to name one thing this corrupt career politician and his entrenched mostly former cronies ever done in the best interest of the people of Florida as a whole! Yep! You are right! Not one thing! John Morgan and CharLIR Crist are two peas in a pod! the Repubs should have know CharLIE was a RINO from the start sucking up to the likes of DEM John Morgan! Like it or not “You are known by the company you keep!” Sorry CharLIE you ain’t smart enough for a real law firm with integrity!

  3. St Pete Native Says:

    I just don’t get WHY Morgan would want Charlie. Morgan certainly doesn’t need Charlie for name recognition. If anything Charlie associated with Morgan & Morgan is a liability. Say what you will about John Morgan… but he is a rather shrewd business man.

    As far as Charlie is concerned, this is probably the only job he was offered. He had to take it.

  4. Jack Says:

    But he’s done better than Bill “Screw The Ones That Work For You” Clinton who has NEVER had a real job in his life. (And NO, BJ’s don’t count!)

  5. Unreal Says:

    What a ringing endorsement for Charlie. I sure want to use a lawyer that took 3 tries to pass the bar, and graduated from such a prestigious law school as Cumberland School of Law in Alabama. And because of his name, I bet he tries to jack his rate up to the $450-600/hour rate of the better attorneys.

  6. Why don't he go to NY and work for Carole Romes Halloweener costume company Says:

    Why don’t his sucker go to NY and be a :man I can” for the holloweiner costume company that belongs to his wife? Has she canned him until he gets the nod from Obammy that “they” will be on the ticket as the “VP” homosexual couple of Obama’s choice! Then she’ll cum out of hiding again.” John Morgan deserves the like of CharLIE Crist! Hopefully the public is smarter than wasting theie time and money on someone who could “pass a bar” until the third trip! If he’s going to work out of St Pete and travel to Orlando frequently does that mean he’s getting his old bedroom back at mom and dad’s and will be be driving instead of getting free jet rides from his appointee to the board of the University of Florida HMO expert Dr. Steve Scott or his Iraq oil and gas furnishing friend Harry Sargent? Does CharLIE even have a drivers license? If he don’t he play hell getting one under the laws he signed into place! He has no paperwork to prove his sex change from Charlene Crist to Charlie Crist and they demand everything! Charlie Tuna you have been out of the water too long! You Stink!

  7. PBC Resident Says:

    Having any former governor on your payroll is a great way to buy “influence”.

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Would be the very last person I would want for my lawyer. Three tires to pass the law exam – not for me.

  9. Mally Says:

    @ Why don’t he go to NY and work for Carole Romes Halloweener costume company.

    You had me laughing. You’re the best. Please keep it coming.

  10. Mark Says:

    Sorry Charlie should not be teaching any children anything. He and Wexler & PBC Company should to rehab and jail.

    Scumbags!

  11. Jack Says:

    Cumberland is a well respected law school. So what if he took three tries to pass Bar Exam. I wonder what you do for a living and how much scrutiny your past has been given

  12. kate16 Says:

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist has joined the Morgan

  13. Why don't he go to NY and work for Carole Romes Halloweener costume company Says:

    Mally ~ Thanks for the vote of confidence! What a sick world we live in! Here is CharLIE Crist, sicko, closet homo, and everyone with brains knows it! Who has pulled every scheme possible in the book and some that no one else has thought of, and he leaves office with a 50% approval rating. What in the heqq does this say for the state of Florida. Crist has pulled so much wool over the idiots who don’t have sense enough to know any better its hard to find a starting place!

    I still think his biggest scam on the people was when John McCain hinted he might select Crist as his VP candidate! Rumors about his sick sex life were flying and he went and got engaged to Carole Rome, took the infamous european trip with Jim Greer and Rome’s sister and an entourage that would make Obaba proud. Then whent he didn;t get the VP spot nod he still married Rome but he and Jim Greer launched a secret (to heqq with John McCain mission)! You couldn’t evern get a McCain sticker from the REC’s. Naturally he though he’d be elected Senator and immediately begin running for president in 2012. Now his backup plan is to keep having those clandestine meetings with Obama and hope he can secure the Obama/ Crist 2012 ticket! If he does that you’ll see more of Carole Rome at his side again! She just want’s to go to Washington and feel “impotent!”

    It is very hard for honest, decent, USA loving, supporting candidates to overcome the idiot factor! Obama used it like the pro his orgainzers was in 2008! It remains to be seen if you can fool the same idiots twice! For the kids I hope not!

  14. Staring Charlie soon to be Obama VP Pick Says:

    Did I see John Morgan over in the corner?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa3zoo4IQxA&feature=player_embedded

  15. Fall From Grace Says:

    Governor Crist and entourage traveled in style across Europe as failing businesses and taxpayers footed the bill

    As the state’s economy plunged, Gov. Charlie Crist took an entourage to Europe on a 12-day trade mission.

    The business development trip to London, Paris, St. Petersburg and Madrid was supposed to cost taxpayers $255,000. The actual tab was far higher — in excess of $430,000, the Sun Sentinel found in a detailed review of the July trip’s costs.

    Taxpayers paid for more than two dozen people to accompany Crist, including a photographer, a spokeswoman, four aides, two agency heads and nine bodyguards. The bodyguards alone spent more than $148,000 on meals, hotels, transportation and incidentals, Their boss, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, went along to sign a crime-solving agreement with British police, billing taxpayers $5,135 for less than 12 hours of official duties over four days. Bailey stayed an extra week at his own expense and brought his wife. His spokeswoman said he was on call around the clock and complied with state travel and vacation policies.

    Crist’s expenses, totaling more than $30,000, were not paid by taxpayers but by business executives who went on the trip. The governor did not scrimp.

    His London hotel suite, originally estimated to cost $1,800 a night, actually was $2,179, the Sun Sentinel found.

    He flew first class for about $8,000 round trip, courtesy of a Miami travel agency. He ran up room service and minibar tabs of more than $1,300. And he spent $320 on electric fans to keep him cool while giving speeches.

    Crist defended the trip, saying: “I think it’s important to promote free trade.”

    “You want to have it be as economical as you can, and when you consider that it should produce hundreds of millions of dollars in investments in Florida, I think it’s important to do,” he said recently.

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush used tax dollars to cover his costs on similar trade missions.

    Crist, a Republican who calls himself the people’s governor, chose to lessen the burden on taxpayers by having businesses pay his expenses.

    But that kind of arrangement can pose conflicts, said Nova Southeastern University law professor Bob Jarvis, a public policy expert.

    “It looks like you’re buying influence and access to the governor, or to any elected official, when any part of the trip is paid for by outside interests,” Jarvis said. “If the trip is important enough to do, then it should be built into the government budget.”
    Drumming up sales

    The trip was arranged by Enterprise Florida, a public/private agency created to help Florida businesses sell products and services overseas, and attract foreign investment with tax credits and other incentives.

    The purpose: drumming up sales and jobs in aviation and clean energy. Meeting topics also included insurance, tourism and citrus sales.

    Backers say the taxpayers’ investment has already paid off. Florida corporations made $5.5 million in sales and laid the groundwork for another $96 million in deals and 2,245 new high-tech jobs, according to Enterprise Florida. The agency will release few specifics, however, citing corporate confidentiality.

    During the trip, the Spanish company Renovalia said it would negotiate to build a solar energy plant in Florida. And numerous officials signed agreements promising greater cooperation between Florida and European companies, universities and law enforcement.

    “Many times you don’t really see the effects of a mission like this until months or even a couple of years later,” said Enterprise Florida spokesman Stuart Doyle. “It’s very important that we establish these ties and relationships with other nations because we are in the business of promoting Florida globally.”

    Taxpayers covered the airfare, lodging and meals for the state employees who went on the trip. The other participants paid their own way and a fee of up to $1,500 each for additional costs, including the governor’s expenses.

    In all, about 65 Florida business executives accompanied Crist, including real estate agents, aviation industry representatives, lawyers, lobbyists and two people with ties to the sugar industry. At the time, the state was negotiating a $1.75 billion deal to purchase large tracts of sugar fields for Everglades restoration.

    Also joining Crist were his fiancée, Carole Rome of Miami, and her sister, Michele Oumano.

    Photos show Crist and Rome meeting Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace; meeting Prince Charles at Clarence House; attending an air show; visiting soldiers’ graves at Normandy; having finger sandwiches with the bishop of Liverpool; consulting with Britain’s foreign secretary; and sipping cocktails with the British Foreign Office minister.

    In meetings with Boeing and Lockheed Martin executives, Rome sat next to the governor. She and Crist are scheduled to marry Friday.

    Throughout the trip, the governor was protected by a security contingent of nine FDLE agents, split up among the four countries. Records show the bodyguards arrived days, and as much as two weeks, before the governor to prepare. FDLE spokeswoman Heather Smith would not discuss specifics but said protecting the governor in foreign nations is more complex than at home.
    Travel upgrades

    The governor traveled in style in each country he visited, booking suites so he had room to conduct meetings.

    In London, he stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton London Metropole, near Hyde Park, for $2,179 a night. Over four days, he spent $440 on minibar and room service charges.

    From London, Crist took a high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Enterprise Florida upgraded his $193 leisure-class ticket to a $457 business-premier fare so he could check in faster and wait in an executive lounge. The governor’s security detail did not want him standing on a train platform, said Doyle, the Enterprise Florida spokesman.

    In France, Crist’s suite at The Westin Paris cost $1,385 a night and overlooked the Tuileries garden and Louvre museum. The bedroom had a view of the Eiffel Tower, a hotel manager said. Room service and minibar charges totaled $420 over three days.

    From Paris, the governor and four Florida power executives flew to Normandy on a private plane provided by AREVA, a French nuclear energy company. The trip’s corporate sponsors and Enterprise Florida paid $13,509 to charter a second plane to carry the governor’s staff and guests.

    The group toured AREVA’s nuclear reprocessing plant in the area before visiting the famed World War II American cemetery in Normandy. Enterprise Florida reimbursed the French energy company $98 for the governor’s plane ride.

    In St. Petersburg and Madrid, Crist stayed in hotel suites costing about $1,200 a night and spent nearly $500 on room service and minibar items.

    By European standards, the hotel costs were not extraordinary, said Enterprise Florida executive Manny Mencia. The agency “negotiated to the last cent” but the weak dollar posed a challenge, he said.
    Burnishing his image

    At the time of the trip, Crist was widely seen as a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain.

    Images of the governor meeting with heads of state helped bolster his credentials, said Florida political expert Robert Watson, director of American studies at Lynn UniversityBachelor’s, master’s & online degrees in Boca Raton.

    “This was a way of increasing his gravitas, his bona fides in foreign policy,” Watson said. “Charlie can say that even though he’s governor, he’s met with all of these world leaders.”

    While in London, Crist gave TV and newspaper interviews and repeatedly answered questions about whether he would be the Republican vice presidential nominee.

    “Let’s see what happens,” he told a British television station. “I think it’s important for me to stay focused on Florida. That’s why I’m here in Europe to try to promote more tourism, more climate change.”

    Crist is now facing a deepening economic crisis in the state and a budget deficit of more than $2 billion.

    Last month, Crist hit the road on another climate change mission. He joined other governors in Los Angeles for a two-day summit on reducing greenhouse gases and attended a political event.

    He flew on a private plane and stayed overnight, courtesy of the Republican Party of Florida, at the historic Beverly Hilton, a favorite of Hollywood stars and national politicians.

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