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SB 6 Fallout: Praise and Punishment

April 16th, 2010 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crists veto of Senate Bill Six is earning him praise from teachers and Democrats, but grief from Republican peers. Yesterdays veto cost him a few key endorsements and a campaign advisor. Capitol Correspondent Whitney Ray tells us, the veto could set the stage for Crist to run as an independent for US Senate.

This announcement Thursday, I veto Senate Bill Six opened up a floodgate of praise.

35-hundred phone calls and emails poured into Governor Charlie Crists office between noon and 5:30 Thursday, thanking Crist for striking down new restrictions on teacher pay and contracts.

But not all the feed back flowing into the governors office is positive. Just next door the Attorney General sent an email expressing his disappointment Legislative leaders wrote letters chiding Crists decision and the speaker designate pulled his endorsement.

And one day after the veto Representative Seth McKeel is throwing his political weight behind Crists US Senate Primary Opponent Marco Rubio

The bill sponsor, Senator John Thrasher says Crists decision adds insult to his already injured US Senate Campaign.

I dont know what his chances are now but they dont look to good now best I can tell, said Thrasher.

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Crist losing by 23 points if he stays in the Republican Primary but winning in a three way race as an independent.

you might think he has a better chance at being a US Senator if he changes his mind, said Pollster Peter Brown.

If Crist runs as an independent it gives the states 175-thousand teachers a chance to cast a vote in his favor. If he stays with his party, only those teachers registered as Republicans would have a say.

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