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Hell must have frozen over: Charlie Crist misses his own fundraiser

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The Fort Myers News-Press is reporting that hell has frozen over.  It must have because Charlie Crist actually missed his own fundraiser and we know something like that is not going to happen unless the apocalypse is upon us.

Still in Pensacola focusing on the oil washing up on the shores of Florida’s Panhandle, Charlie Crist wasn’t able to make it to his own fundraiser in south Fort Myers on Sunday night.

Instead, he phoned in and spoke to about 40 supporters via speakerphone, said organizer Liz Kagan.

“He felt like he really needed to be up there (in Pensacola),” Kagan said. “He had a job to do. We all understood.”

The donors contributed at least $25,000 toward Crist’s independent U.S. Senate campaign, she said. The event was held at the home of Republican supporters Wayne and Rachelle Isaacson.

In the latest figures released, Crist has raised about $10.2 million, putting him ahead of Republican Marco Rubio, who reported just over $7 million; and Democrat Kendrick Meek, with $5.7 million.

Organizers had originally expected about 100 people to show up for Sunday’s event, but Crist’s absence affected the turnout.

Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, for instance, said he planned to attend, but decided not to when he got word Crist would be in Pensacola.

“I’ll catch him next time,” Mann said.

Those in attendance included Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson and his wife.

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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