Kids, didja hear the big news? The perpetually tanned governor of Floriduhhhh is getting married! But I don’t think the bride-to-be has to worry about any drilling, on or off shore, if you know what I mean!
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From the Telegraph:
Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, became engaged on Thursday to Carole Rome, a New York socialite.
They had been seeing each other for nine months and speculation was rife about their future, not least because of its implications for his political career.
His marriage removes a major impediment to a possible McCain-Crist Republican ticket – a bachelor hasn’t been chosen as a vice-presidential running mate since 1852.
After a marriage that lasted less than a year before divorce in 1980, Mr Crist, 51, had not been romantically linked to any woman ever since, prompting speculation that he is gay.
Three years ago, he was asked point-blank if the rumours were true and he denied them, later telling a radio show host: “I love women. I mean, they’re wonderful.”
In 2006, a 24-year-old Republican party worker claimed he had had a sexual relationship with Mr Crist and named another man as Mr Crist’s long-term boyfriend. Mr Crist denied both claims.
Even without the rumours about his sexuality, Mr Crist is already reportedly seen as too moderate by some on the right wing of the Republican party.
He has in the past said he supports civil unions for homosexuals, describing himself as a “live and let live kind of guy”.
However, there have also been reports of Mr Crist telling voters that he supports a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriages and that he opposes adoption by gay couples.
He campaigned frequently with Mr McCain during the Florida primaries and gave the Arizona senator his endorsement.
Critics have accused him of recently shifting his politics to suit those of Mr McCain, notably in an about-turn on expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico., which he now supports.
From the Palm Beach Post:
It’s the fifth engagement for Crist, whose only marriage in 1979 lasted six months. Crist’s father told The Palm Beach Post in 2006 that he had been engaged three times since the divorce, twice to the same woman.
The fifth engagement? Is there some kind of problem that allows you to be a serial fiance but never a husband? Oh, yeah, you’re gay! Just come out of the damned closet, Charlie!
Damn! I saw a video yesterday of the two of them together, and the body language was hilarious! I never saw a grown man look so uncomfortable holding a woman’s hand, especially one he proposed to!