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Charlie Crist appoints Jim Smith, former BP lobbyist, for lawsuits against BP

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Great story from Beach Peanuts that has yet to bubble to the mainstream media.

While we sit here in Florida waiting for the oil that may come ashore along with the dispersant BP keeps spraying in spite of the EPA, we’re supposed to believe that Gov. Charlie Crist is doing everything possible for our state, or at least that’s what Charlie would have us believe.

So naturally you would think that the appointment of two former attorney generals to begin exploring our legal options in response to BP and the oil spill would be great news, right?

The only problem here is that one of those two attorneys was once a lobbyist for….BP!

Gov. Charlie Crist appointed the political odd couple – Democrat Bob Butterworth and Republican Jim Smith — almost two weeks ago to spearhead what could be the biggest and most complex lawsuit ever attempted by the state. So far, the beaches remain clear and a state lawsuit, if there ever is one, is nowhere in sight.

I suppose Charlie would also want us to believe that the former BP lobbyist Smith only has our best interests in mind, right?

BP has paid out more than $2 million to Floridians for individual lost-income claims, and kept most of the cases open for future payment. That’s on top of the $50 million it gave the state for emergency preparations and a tourism promotion campaign.

So far, that’s good enough for Smith.

“At this point, I’m satisfied that BP is trying to do the right thing,” Smith said. “My sense is that this thing is still unfolding. Nobody could really even assess damages at this point.”

We’re supposed to believe that “BP is trying to do the right thing”?

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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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