Politics

St. Pete Times: Crist Scandal

September 17, 2006

Crist Before the Sept. 5th, conservative Republicans and Tom Gallagher supporters were spending thousands of dollars trying to find dirt on Gallagher’s opponent, Atty. General Charlie Crist. There were persistent rumors that Crist was a homosexual, but no evidence.

Conservative GOP group -“Coalition to Protect the American Dream” – paid $75,000 for Steve Andrews, an “old Gallagher friend and millionaire Tallahassee lawyer with deep ties to Crist’s home turf”, to dig around Pinellas County.

Andrews struck out, but another Gallagher supporter hit paydirt…sealed court documents of a possible child born out of wedlock.

Only to conservative Republicans would this be a big deal. Read the story: GOP Dirt

  • "Sarah" September 19, 2006 at 9:20 am

    I’ll agree that voters should be informed about a candidate’s background. Questionable veracity is fair game – for instance if the candidate sings one way in public but plays another. But when it’s pure muck-raking, and the info gleaned has nothing to do with the issues or how a candidate will govern, and the dollars spent in the pig-pen overshadow those spent on getting your platform message out, I hope that the donating members would begin to take issue.
    At some point, the candidate and his/her staff needs to give it up and remember, “It’s the [fill in the blank], stupid.”

    This is a good story by the St. Pete Times. It reads like a morality tale about the frenzy and nasty of an American political campaign. And as far as Mr. Curry, I guess it also goes to show that no matter how much time has gone by since the coronation, the loss of the crown [must] still sting. What an asshole

  • Jason September 18, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Sealed court documents? So, they could either be about a child born out of wedlock or an encounter with a UFO, or a billion other things.
    I’m a Democrat and I’m in no way voting for Crist, but I will say that non-issues like this have taken over the political landscape. There are actual problems to be solved and whether or not this guy had a kid out of wedlock or is gay or didn’t pay a parking ticket is totally irrelevant. Society wonders why many of our politicians are totally inept when we spend more time worrying about the candidate’s personal life than we do worrying about their ability. Sure, character has its place in politics, but we place too much emphasis on personal occurrences from their past and not enough emphasis on their current mindset. Many times the candidate with the best background check isn’t the best person for the job…
    Just an observation…

  • Anonymous September 18, 2006 at 12:27 am

    Crist made a woman pregnant? Yea, republicans wish! Impossible unless he mistook her for a man.

  • Joe September 17, 2006 at 7:24 am

    Gosh, there sure seem to be a lot of illicit affairs by Republican politicians. That’s the problem with founding an entire political platform on the illusion of moral superiority, I guess.