Charlie Crist for Vice-President
From the Palm Beach Post-
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist could run for president or vice president without having to give up his governorship, under a proposed change to the state's "resign-to-run" law set for debate this afternoon.Ammending the present law makes sense in my opinion. Why should the governor resign even if he lost?
The amendment to an elections bill was filed Wednesday at 7:58 p.m. by Sen. Lee Constantine, the chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.
Constantine could not immediately be reached for comment, but according to legislative sources, Constantine submitted the amendment at the request of House Speaker Marco Rubio, who wants the addition in exchange for his support for paper ballots at voting machines, a top priority of Crist.
The amendment would create an exception for "a governor seeking the office of President or Vice President of the United States of America."
Without the change, Crist would have to resign his position as of Jan. 20, 2009, the inauguration date of the president and vice president following the 2008 election, and would have to leave office even if his ticket lost.
Rubio's proposed amendment, the sources said, takes away that disincentive and thereby gives Rubio an earlier chance at the top job himself.
If Crist were to run for reelection, the earliest Rubio could run for the post would be 2014.
Crist, who took office in January, could not be reached this morning.
As for Crist running for office, a Presidential bid in 2008 is as unlikely as it is for this person. Not going to happen. Crist would be an attractive(pardon the pun) choice for Vice-President on a national ticket. The one trouble I'd see in that is the rumors that Crist is gay.
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