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Charlie Crist says he won’t Sarah Palin out of office

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From the Sun-Sentinel: Looking thin, tanned and dapper in a navy suit with light blue pinstripes, Gov. Charlie Crist spoke at the Florida Society of News Editors awards luncheon Friday at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

Crist was there to recognize his appointee, Pat Gleason, director of Cabinet Affairs and Special Counsel on Open Government for her efforts on behalf of access to law-making and press freedoms.

A Republican first-term governor and U.S. Senate candidate, Crist leads in fundraising among candidates seeking Sen. Mel Martinez’s office in the 2010 race.

Since he’s not seeking a second term, the state’s 44th governor is essentially a lame duck.

Asked if, like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he will resign before his term ends in 2011 as he pursues national office, Crist said firmly, “No,” with a laugh and a smile as he worked the room, greeting top news executives from around the state.

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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