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Biz Buddies by Rick Flagg

October 26th, 2006 by flanews

The hired guns of big business have come out for Charlie Crist. These Tallahassee lobbyists… none of whom are Democrats… say the Republican nominee is their choice to be the next governor. Rick McAllister with the Florida Retail Federation says the sunshine state is a great place to do business and they’re afraid of a change in the status quo at the state capitol.

“Attorney General Crist’s opponent keeps talking about change… and radical change. And considering the status quo, we all agree that more could be done… or should be done. We believe the person who has the best chance of sustaining that is Attorney General Crist,” said McAllister.

But what’s good for business isn’t always good for the average Floridian and the number two man on the Democratic ticket… Daryl Jones… says this endorsement from special interest lobbyists could backfire.

“Receiving business support may not be in the interest of the little person. I think it could be a down side for them. I just think that Jim Davis and Daryl Jones are good for business and good for the little person as well,” said Jones  

Jones also says their plan to reduce property taxes will do a lot more for business than the plan proposed by Crist.


Business groups backing Crist at Thursday’s press conference include:


Florida Association of Realtors

Florida CPA Political Action Committee

Florida Engineering Society

Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Florida Medical Association

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Florida Retail Federation

Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association

Florida United Businesses Association

National Federation of Independent Business.


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