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By flooding Governor’s Office with passed legislation, GOP attempts to minimize impact of Charlie Crist’s vetoes

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The Miami Herald is reporting that:

As Gov. Charlie Crist boarded a jet and headed to Miami Friday, the Florida Legislature did something it rarely does: it flooded his desk with a boat-load of bills. At least 63 of them at last count. Forcing him — and his staff — to work some big-time overtime to get through them all by they time they must be signed or become law in 15 days.

Normally, legislators take their time when sending bills to the governor, allowing him and his staff ample time to review it.

This is, for one of the first times this session, smart politics by the GOP legislative leadership. By getting the passed bills to Crist as soon as possible — and not in fits and spurts — the Republican-led legislature is minimizing a key component of Crist’s strategy as an Independent candidate.

If Crist had his way, the House and Senate would just serve up softball after softball — the bill requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before an abortion, the rate hike for the utility companies, etc. — for Crist to take his veto pen to. And with each veto, Crist would have the opportunity to travel the state, as he wont to do, holding press conferences to announce his veto. All of this would have culminated in Crist’s veto magnus opus: a full rejection of the entire budget.

But now, Larry Cretul and Jeff Atwater have ruined all that. They are forcing Crist to do something he really doesn’t enjoy: make hard decisions.

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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