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Crist says his sister will manage his Senate campaign

By Felicia Sonmez
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) has made a surprising choice for the manager of his newly independent Senate bid - his older sister, Margaret Wood.

Crist mentioned the appointment Thursday in a wide-ranging interview with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board.

Crist lost several key aides after he announced in late April that he would drop out of the Republican primary -- as it became increasingly clear that he would not be able to defeat former state House speaker Marco Rubio.

Crist's former manager, Eric Eikenberg, quit the campaign, as did Crist's top communications staffers, counsel and pollster. Since then, Michelle Todd, a former staffer from the governor's St. Petersburg office, has been steering the campaign.

Crist's hire of his sister is the latest in a series of unconventional moves by the governor in recent weeks. He has moved his campaign headquarters from the capital, Tallahassee, to his home town of St. Petersburg (a grand opening is slated for this Saturday). He announced this week, when he officially switched his party affiliation, that he will not return campaign donations to those who gave to him as a Republican and now want their money back. And he's taken the bold step of vetoing an education bill favored by state Republican leaders - a move he may repeat next week, when a controversial abortion bill arrives at his desk.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  May 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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The real question is: Will Crist's sister fit under the campaign bus? Crist's candidacy is going to demand a lot of sacrifice...on the part of others.

Posted by: DavidinCentralFlorida | May 15, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

The real question is: Will Crist's sister fit under the campaign bus? Crist's candidacy is going to demand a lot of sacrifice...on the part of others.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou59 | May 15, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Run, Charlie, Run! I would like to see the rise of independent candidates. Specter should have switched his party affiliation to independent (he should have anticipated a strong Democratic challenge).

Thanks for the Youtube video, republicanblack...but the Kentucky Derby runs on a Saturday : )

Posted by: pepperjade | May 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

If anyone, who thinks they might vote for Crist, would start paying attention to his flip-flopping, career politician antics.... they would not vote for him. I did it once but NEVER again. Rubio can be replaced, as well, if he starts acting like that if he is elected. Corrupt and self-serving politicians WILL be voted out.

Posted by: carbar4647 | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Crist also said that, now he's Independent, it's "fun" to be able to tell the truth.

Hey, it ain't easy being a lying Republican!

Posted by: thebobbob | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Christ now admits what we have known for decades, that the republican party is the IME generation personified. The more the right talking heads panic the more a$$inine their comments become. Christ may have been in the fold but thought better of it as the republicans decended further into the depths of ignorance and greed with casting aspersions at Obama that are well known to be the result of the fixed 2000 Florida vote and more Bush league graft and corruption than we can prosecute without a budget larger than the national debt. This goes back to before the Bay of Pigs and the JFK murder, in fact all the way back to Prescot Bush and George Walker with the financing of Hitler. Christ wised up, now will you?

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | May 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

well this is gonna be an interesting race between Rubio and Crist. I mean it's gonna be more exciting than the Kentucky Derby on a wet Sunday. Did anybody see that video on youtube with a "Lincoln" republican sending a message to rubio, its pretty funny and you have to watch it in fullscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcSI58lkP-g

Posted by: republicanblack | May 14, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

well this is gonna be an interesting race between Rubio and Crist. I mean it's gonna be more exciting than the Kentucky Derby on a wet Sunday. Did anybody see that video on youtube with a "Lincoln" republican sending a message to rubio, its pretty funny and you have to watch it in fullscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcSI58lkP-g

Posted by: republicanblack | May 14, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

well this is gonna be an interesting race. I mean it's gonna be more exciting than the Kentucky Derby on a wet Sunday. Did anybody see that video on youtube with a "Lincoln" republican sending a message to rubio, its pretty funny and you have to watch it in fullscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcSI58lkP-g

Posted by: republicanblack | May 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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