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As Florida’s unemployment rate reaches highest level in 24 years, Charlie Crist is pictured at lunch at the ESPN Zone in Manhattan

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Check out this photo snapped on the iPhone of Florida Governor Charlie Crist lunching at the ESPN Zone in Midtown Manhattan.

For a guy already under fire for taking 10 weeks off a year, it isn’t a very good “optic” for the Governor to be fundraising out-of-the-state the day after the latest unemployment figures show that Florida’s rate is at its highest in 24 years.

Since it is such a pressing issue, should you be back in Florida instead of raising money? “Well, I’m dealing with it here, too. I’m about to meet with Sen. LeMieux to talk about that. He’s our main contact for us dealing with the U.S. Department of Transportation. So I think it’s all hands on deck.”

After all, nothing says “all hands on deck” more than noshing on chicken wings in Times Square.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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