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.
May 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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