by Benjamin J. Kirby
Is former Florida Governor Charlie Crist gay?
I don't care.
I don't care. I really don't.
I. Do not. Care.
I don't care, and I've heard the same stories about Charlie Crist since we moved here in '06. I didn't care then, either.
Maybe Charlie Crist -- for the record, now married to a woman named Carole Rome -- is gay. Maybe not. If you believe the Tampa Bay's 10 report out tonight, then not only is he gay, but he paid men with whom he had relationships to leave the state as part of what would be an elaborate cover-up to avoid embarrassment as governor. The allegations may point to a serious problem with alcohol as well:
The allegations come from Damon Chase, Jim Greer's attorney. Chase told John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan where Charlie Crist works, that if had to depose the former Governor, Crist would be embarrassed by the following issues:
- Charlie Crist is a homosexual and had homosexual relationships with at least two men who were paid to leave the state to avoid embarrassing then Governor Crist.
- Charlie Crist attempted to kiss Greer at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
- Governor Crist had drunken escapades and his security detail had to cover for him.
- Charlie Crist attempted to run over people while he was intoxicated and operating a golf cart.
Morgan responded saying that even if Crist was a homosexual, it had nothing to do with the case, and the allegations were just were just an attempt to embarrass Crist.
In addition, Morgan said if the former Governor were a homosexual he would have to be a 'sick s.o.b. to try to kiss Porky the Pig' which was a reference to Greer.
Know what? Still don't care. Although I have a newfound respect for John Morgan, the prominent Tampa Bay area personal injury attorney for the "Porky the Pig" quote. [Note to Mr. Morgan from a long-time Looney Tunes watcher: it's actually "Porky Pig". For future reference.]
You know what I do care about? I care that he helped push through the destructive Amendment 1, which capped property taxes in Florida -- a state which already had one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation -- at a time when the economic crunch was just starting to devastate the tax base. Local governments are still hurting -- and so are Floridians.
He went out of his way to bash Obama's health care reform because it was politically expedient.
Crist took a principled stand on off-shore drilling -- he opposed it -- and then he ran for the U.S. Senate, and changed his position. In fact, he became so pro-drilling, he apparently lobbied then-Senate President Jeff Atwater to pass near-shore drilling in the legislative session.
He made an ass out of himself over support of Sarah Palin, of all people.
And finally, he is on the record as being against gay marriage.
...when it becomes to the institution of marriage, I believe that it is between a man and a woman, it’s just how I feel.
I present that particular issue and quote without further comment.
Look, is Charlie Crist gay? I'll let him answer that.
Who cares, indeed. Most of this nonsense is about a legal grudge match between Crist and former GOP chief Jim Greer (who shall forever be known as Porky Pig).
What I do care about is that a shitty former Republican governor is now being talked about as the only viable option for Democrats -- Democrats! -- to retake the Governor's mansion in Tallahassee.
We can do better -- we have real options and real opportunities. Florida can do better. Democrats can do better than Charlie Crist.