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Charlie Crist’s political mentor, former Senator Connie Mack, withdraws support after veto of SB 6

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Charlie Crist’s political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, has resigned as Crist’s campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate.

Mack wrote a two-paragraph letter Thursday evening to his one-time protege, saying Crist was wrong to veto a bill (SB 6) that would have made it easier to fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.

Mack said the veto undermines the state’s educational system and the principles that he’s always believed in. Mack said Crist’s decision was unsupportable.

Mack addressed the letter to “Charlie” and said he valued their long friendship, but could not continue to serve as his campaign chairman.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon is considering yanking his endorsement of Crist for senate.

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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