Florida Governor Charlie Crist called a special session to consider placing an amendment on the November ballot banning off shore oil drilling.
It went badly for the man now seeking a U.S. Senate seat. Or did it? Why play out such a political game of chess unless he sought to gain votes by being seen as a ‘man of the people’?
It’s a win-win for Crist, who supports a drilling ban.
A showdown between the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Charlie Crist that has been building up for months exploded on Tuesday as state legislators soundly rejected Crist’s push for a constitutional ban on near-shore oil drilling.
The special session lasted a little more than two hours, but it had plenty of political theater as House leaders blamed Crist for calling them to town, and Senate leaders blamed both Crist and House Republicans for not doing anything to help people and businesses hurt by the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ultimately, the aborted meeting will likely be remembered less for its purpose than for the stamp it put on Florida politics.
Crist, running as an independent for U.S. Senate, burned what few bridges remained with the party he once led by forcing Republicans to push for a ban on an industry that many have strongly supported.
But with a new poll showing 70 percent of Floridians in favor of seeing the amendment on the ballot, Crist may have helped his Senate campaign by appearing to be on the popular side of an emotional issue.
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