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Crist, Sink rally in Tally against offshore drilling

by Dara Kam | February 9th, 2011

Former Gov. Charlie Crist and former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink will lead a bipartisan rally today to support a constitutional ban on offshore drilling today.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, and Sink, a Democrat, will appear with lawmakers and others at an event at 12:30 on the steps of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee.

Crist called lawmakers in for a special session last year to pass a similar amendment to put on the November 2010 ballot, but they snubbed him. The legislature met briefly and adjourned without doing anything after Crist abandoned the GOP and became an independent to avoid a Republican primary in the U.S. Senate race, which he eventually lost to Marco Rubio.

Before leaving office in January, Sink struggled to get BP claims czar Ken Feinberg to improve his claims process after tens of thousands of Panhandle residents, and hundreds of Floridians throughout the state, complained about problems with his Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

That system remains troubled as Feinberg is set to begin making final payments to more than 500,000 applicants for damages caused by the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Yesterday, senators discussed creating a state system for victims of BP’s massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to expedite the claims system.

Next Friday, Feinberg will appear before a House committee at the behest of House Speaker Dean Cannon. Hundreds of Panhandle officials and residents are expected to show up. Complaints about Feinberg’s payments from the $20 billion fund set up by BP include delays, an inability to find out where claims are in the process, and inconsistencies in who gets paid and how much.

A federal judge recently ruled that Feinberg is not independent of BP, as he contends, and ordered him to quit saying that he is.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is so fed up with Feinberg’s erratic claims system that on Monday he asked a federal judge to take it over “to facilitate the timely and just processing of claims.”

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3 Responses to “Crist, Sink rally in Tally against offshore drilling”

  1. Go Away Charlie Says:

    Forget it Charlie. If the unrest in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East proves anything, it’s that we need to drill for our own domestic oil and natural gas all over our nation and off it’s shores- in an environmentally responsible way. The last thing we need is a constitutional ban that would permanently prevent us from using resources that modern technology will allow our enemies to exploit anyway.

  2. Oreally Says:

    Sink struggled? Must have been a struggle having starters write a few letters while she actively campaigned for office. Www what a grueling task that must of been. Poor Alex.
    And let’s not forget Chuckie who didn’t do anything to help claimants while trying to run for the Senate.
    These two old dinosaurs need to move on and never return to public office. We all have had enough of their self serving ways at the expense of the public.

  3. Darren Says:

    They are the reason why an R is going to be president..Ds are dumb and Rs are crazy thank bobby deutch and maria

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