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Governor Elect’s First Day at the Capitol

November 14th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Elect Charlie Crist today made his first trip back tot he state capitol since last weeks election. Crist took part in a Cabinet meeting where he was the only no vote on restricting fishing in the keys. As Mike Vasilinda reports, Crist answered questions about what comes next.

Governor Jeb Bush is handing off the baton. He and Charlie Crist, Florida’s next governor, appeared together before a state cabinet meeting, where Bush explained a 30 year old tradition of pre Cabinet Press Gaggles.

“And one of the traditions, of course, that you can…I guess you could stop it…”
” It looks like a lot of fun, brother. I don’t know.” “…is to talk to the press every day there’s a cabinet meeting.”

Crist was immediately hit by tough questions on insurance rates and electronic voting machines.

Governor-elect… is it time to rethink electronic voting machines in Florida?”

“Ah…I don’t know. Let’s monitor what’s happening in Sarasota and let the Secretary of State do some great work down there.”

When Bush didn’t get a hand-out during the cabinet meeting, he joked about being a short timer.

“I didn’t get one.” Said the Governor. Ted Forsgren of the Coastal Conservation Association replied: “I’m sorry governor. I gave out four.”

“I’m a lame duck.”

Outside Bush was more forthcoming about his feelings. “In all seriousness, this is not a sad time for me. I’m really proud of him and I’m… you know… I’ve had a great ride.”
There are just over 40 days in Jeb Bush’s administration and while he clearly still holds the reins of power, you can feel that power shifting.

A full security detail is already assigned to the incoming Governor. For his part, Crist looks slightly tired. He has just over 6 weeks to organize a new government.

“This is sort of the first public appearance I’ve had. I’ve been busy and we’re gonna continue to work hard.” Said Crist.

The inauguration will take place January 2nd at noon on the Capitol steps.

The next six weeks will be busy ones for the governor elect. Charlie Crist has to assemble his team to run the various agencies of state government and come up with a new budget to submit to the state legislature.

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