Tampa Bay Times reporter Katie Sanders was at Thursday night’s banquet for the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalist (for which I sponsored a table) where she witnessed a rare occurrence … an angry Charlie Crist.
Crist’s 15-minute appearance came in the middle of a panel discussion moderated by Times’ media critic EricDeggans and featuring Tampa Bay TV anchors Josh Thomas of WFLA-Ch. 8, Erica Riggins of Bay News 9, and Reginald Roundtree of WTSP-Ch. 10.
Crist continued his indirect scolding of Gov. Rick Scott for not extending early voting like he did in 2008 as a Republican governor.
“When you make it hard for people to vote, no matter what branch you’re in, legislative, administrative, it doesn’t matter, that’s not fair, and that’s not right,” he said. “I’m a guy, Reggie (Roundtree) will tell you, who doesn’t get angry. I really don’t. I’m a pretty easy-going fellow. But, you know, two things bring me close to anger. And it is arrogance and unfairness, and with this issue, we saw the merger of both. And that’s just not right and it should not stand, and I know that it won’t.”
“It’s unconscionable to me that somebody would stand in the door of the voting booth of the people of Florida,” he said. “That’s not where we are, that’s not where we should be.”
No one word from Sanders whether the tanned former Governor began to turn green as he spoke, but one thing is clear, you wouldn’t like Charlie when he’s angry.