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Charlie Crist on use of state airplane: ‘After 5 o’clock I’m off the clock, and I’m a free man again’

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From the Miami Herald: Crist addressed questions about his use of the state plane on Wednesday to fly from Tallahassee to four different cities to promote legislation; the final stop in Miami was followed by a campaign fundraiser. Crist had previously said that he would not use a taxpayer-funded flight to get to a city where he had both state and political business.

Now he’s got a different policy: “We were on state business all day and when I landed in Miami I did the state business. Then after 5 o’clock I’m off the clock, and I’m a free man again.”

That’s different than what Crist said in October, when he was questioned why he took off as many as ten weeks last year:

“I’m like a doctor: I’m always on call,” says Crist, the son of a physician. “As long as I have a cell phone on me, which I’m talking to you right now on, I’m working. I’m never not governor.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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