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Charlie Crist Raking in the Dough

The St. Pete Times reports that Gov. Charlie Crist is prepared to release some rather impressive 1st quarter fundraising numbers next month.  While governing the state, Crist has somehow managed to squeeze in plenty of fundraisers from Jacksonville to Key West.  He’ll even travel to Washington, DC at the end of June for another one hosted by such GOP heavyweights as Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

The impressive numbers will not be all that surprising; however.  As Adam Smith writes in The Times, Crist has delivered for some of the biggest donors in the state by signing bills that have loosened restrictions on developments, capped attorney’s fees in workers compensation cases and required insurance companies to pay out-of-network doctors.

An incumbent Governor always carries significant fundraising weight, but Charlie Crist takes it to an entirely different level.  It will be interesting to see what Marco Rubio, his GOP primary opponent, reports in the same time period.

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Party begs Crist to enter Senate race

The Florida Senate race that keeps on giving. It looks like the Republican National Senatorial has decided that Charlie Crist is their candidate. And, sources close to Crist tell The Hill he is leaning towards running for the seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who until 2006 was the only Democrat to be elected statewide in Florida for years, said he has talked to close friends of Crist who say the governor seems to be leaning towards running, but will wait until after the Florida Legislature adjourns in May.

“I think Charlie is going to consider switching from governor to senator, but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision until after the annual legislative session,” Nelson said.

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