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Charlie Crist may be likable, but how soon before he eyes a new gig?

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One of Charlie Crist’s best traits is his likability. He can be a candle-in-the-wind on issues, depending on his audience. Changing parties infuriated Republicans and made Democrats skeptical. And once he gets a job, he tends to get wandering eyes for his next gig. But damn, he is a really nice guy. Despite his baggage, people like him and a lot of them vote for him. That’s one reason he rose above the political tsunami that swamped Democrats nationwide and…

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Charlie Crist, Stephanie Murphy among top GOP targets for 2018

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National Republicans, in an effort to boost their majority for the midterms, are targeting top House Democrats over the next two years – including Florida’s Charlie Crist and Stephanie Murphy. POLITICO first reported on the list of 36 lawmakers coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee, with a particular focus on “blue-collar parts of the country where President Donald Trump is popular.” Nearly one-third of the districts on the NRCC spreadsheet were taken by President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton…

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Charlie Crist named to influential House Science, Space committee; hires 2 constituent staffers

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Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he would be serving on the influential House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Also, the first-year Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg hired two new constituent service representatives — Michael Batista and Dillion Stafford — who will help assist Crist’s constituents of Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Since Crist was recently named to the House Committee on Financial Services, which is considered an exclusive committee, he required a waiver from the Democratic Caucus to serve on multiple…

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Charlie Crist lands ‘A-list’ assignment on Financial Services Committee

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In just his second official week as a congressman, Charlie Crist lands a plum assignment on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. Known as an “A-list” committee, Financial Services has oversight on several significant issues, including federal monetary policy, banking and financial institutions, insurance and housing.  “I am deeply thankful for this opportunity to serve in a role directly impacting many of the key issues facing Pinellas County,” said the St. Petersburg Democrat in a statement. Crist – now representing…

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Personnel note: Charlie Crist taps Hill veteran Erin Moffet as Communications Director

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Congressman-elect Charlie Crist is naming Erin Moffet as Communications Director for his Capitol Hill office. Moffet has spent nearly seven years running the press operations for Florida members serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Erin will be a strong addition to our team given her years of experience working with the Florida press corps,” Crist, the former Governor who now represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, said in a statement Monday. “Her passion and understanding of the issues impacting Floridians will…

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Charlie Crist calls on Congress to extend tax breaks before adjourning for the year

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Charlie Crist is calling on the 114th Congress to extend tax breaks benefiting students and seniors before it adjourns for the year. The congressman-elect on Tuesday asked Congress to extend several soon-to-expire tax breaks, including a medical expense deduction for seniors, and a tuition and fees deduction. Congress is expected to adjourn for the year later this week. “These tax breaks are important to seniors, students and homeowners struggling to make ends meet,” said Crist, Florida’s former governor, in a…

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Personnel note: Charlie Crist appoints Austin Durrer Chief of Staff

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U.S. Representative-elect Charlie Crist announced Thursday that experienced Capitol Hill veteran Austin Durrer will head his new congressional office. Durrer has served in senior roles in both the legislative and executive branches over the past 15 years. He was a longtime aide and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Moran, a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, and currently serves as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), overseeing the Department’s data technology mission. “Austin…

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