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Crist Praises Schiavo Judges

Yesterday, based on this post at Florida News, we noted that Charlie Crist was scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates back in mid-July. At this meeting, Jurists of the Year awards were presented to Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer and U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore of Tampa, the two judges most involved in the Terri Schiavo case. Crist was scheduled to be the keynote speaker (scroll down to .pdf link), but we had not confirmed that he actually attended or spoke at the event.

Well, it turns out that Charlie was there, and boy did he have something to say:
Rising to the podium, Crist, who can use the support of fellow Florida lawyers in his gubernatorial bid, did not mention the Schiavo case by name or declare precisely how he felt about the outcome.

But he did join the chorus of those who stressed the need to preserve judicial independence. ...

And in a nod to Greer and Whittemore, Crist said he was "proud" of the two judges.

"You are heroes to all of us, and your defense of the judiciary and what is right is beyond admirable," he said.

"Believe it or not," he said, "I'm not a partisan guy."
"Miami Business Journal, July 25, 2005 ,'Inside Track'" (subscribers only).

More power to Crist. If he can survive the forces of darkness that control the Florida Republican primary, he will be a tough man to beat.


7/26/2005 4:02 AM, by Anonymous Anonymous

Crist played this issue well. He didn't get involved, or even defend in Court what the legislature did, when he actually had a duty to do so.

If this speech gets out, I bet it helps him. Most republicans can see the Schiavo intervention was a disgusting misuse of government power. Just a few whack jobs feel otherwise. And they're not going to flood over to Gallagher, who was pro-choice up until yesterday.



7/26/2005 4:47 AM, by Anonymous blogger x

winning elections is not about the electorate as a whole. it's about winning small pockets of support. The christian conservatives are an important block. This hurts Crist a lot.



7/26/2005 5:51 AM, by Anonymous Anonymous

Crist is clearly making a calculated and conscious effort to distance himself the religious conservatives. That is well and good, but it seems that this is going a bit too far - with stuff like this, Crist is outright antagonizing the religious right.



7/26/2005 6:08 AM, by Blogger little kernel

I think Crist did handle this with a certain degree of deftness. However, don't underestimate the amount of people in this country who may not have agreed with the use of "government power," but would have done the same thing had they the power themselves. The sooner we stop alienating the hardlines, the sooner we coax them back to reasonable voting.



7/26/2005 6:42 AM, by Blogger Truth or Death

One thing we learned from the 2004 election was that there are many more religious conservative "whakos" and "hardliners" out there ready to get politically active than we thought. That goes for Florida and the country as a whole.

Both Crist and Florida democrats would do well to remember that.

Now, I disagree that this is an effort to antagonize the right. The man is, after all, AG. Attending functions like this and honoring members of the judiciary is part of his job.



7/26/2005 9:13 AM, by Blogger DerekTNG

Part of his job?

Yes. Just like it's Congress's job not to make laws just to overturn court decisions they don't like.

What's really sad is that Crist can be seen as couragous for not breaking the law. I guess that's what it means to be a Republican these days.

It will hurt Crist with base GOP voters. But so what? The public agrees with him (and us) by a 70-30 margin. Because we're right.

It's a no-brainer. What's more interesting is that Gallagher is quiet on this issue. He knows he's the one who can't win by speaking up.



6/06/2006 2:07 PM, by Anonymous That Whack Job

Actually, for those of us that know how to read, neither Congress nor Jeb Bush wanted to get involved in the Schiavo case. They were overwhelmed by letters, calls and emails from people aware of the fraud Michael Schiavo was committing in order to exact revenge against his in laws and a wife he mistakenly thought was unfaithful.

Many of us think parents fighting to save their disabled daughter is okay and that killing your wife and taking her money (what you haven't spent trying to kill her) is naughty, especially when you're already bedding some other woman. One wonders what was in it for Greer before it went astropolitical.

Florida has the most corrupt government in the union. Now I see why. How many communities reelect a judge that's already ripped them off of enough money to purchase a small country, jeopardizes citizen safety and embarrasses them by killing and stealing from those that cannot defend themselves, like Terri Schiavo.

Now that's a no brainer by description and fact.

Sincerely, A Whack Job

PS: You guys need to read your Florida Statutes – Chap. 765, especially the last few pages. Most ;people that know of such things say the Floridians are being set up. (again and more) No joke. It's creepy.



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