Bride of Chucky

From The Washington Post:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist became the first sitting Florida governor to wed in nearly 42 years, exchanging vows Friday at a ceremony attended by some 200 relatives, friends and celebrities.

The 52-year-old governor wed his 39-year-old bride, New York socialite Carole Rome, at First United Methodist Church, a short walk from Crist’s rented condo in St. Petersburg. They met at a dinner in New York City in September 2007 and Crist proposed less than 10 months later with a sapphire engagement ring.

Crist kissed Rome briefly at the end of the ceremony–perhaps too briefly.
She put her hands on his face and kissed him again.

(emphasis mine)

Original DVD cover.

Both had been married before, Crist to a college sweetheart in 1980, a marriage that ended less than a year later. Rome was separated from Blue Star Jets president Todd Rome when she met Crist and finalized her divorce earlier this year. She has two daughters from that marriage.


Rome joined the governor as he campaigned around the country for John McCain, on a state trade mission to Europe and at sporting events. She also joined the governor backstage at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Tampa a little more than a month after they met.

From The Huffington Post (July 4, 2008):

Florida’s bachelor Governor Charlie Crist is getting married, and to a woman, too. That’s how badly he wants to be vice president. I hope John McCain is happy now.


Of course, the human heart is curved like a road through the mountains, so what do I know? Maybe it’s love. And maybe it’s just a joyous coincidence that Crist has found it at exactly the same time that McCain is looking for a running mate.

Sometimes things just work out.

It’s like that federal ban on off shore drilling. When Crist ran for governor in 2006, he supported it. Now John McCain wants it repealed and (weird!) two weeks ago, Crist realized that he did too.

Florida is a swing state — Haha! Get it? — and Crist has a popularity rating of something like 70%. He also gets a lot of the credit for delivering the state to McCain in the primaries. There’s only one nagging thing keeping him from being the obvious choice for the vice presidency: He comes off kinda gay.

But then, suddenly last Thursday, after thirty years of the single life, Crist discovered that he couldn’t live without a woman named Carole Rome, a divorced mother of two.


Maybe it’s not all politics of the most ghastly, obvious, self-hating, the fix-is-in, trick-the-rubes kind. Maybe I’m too cynical. Maybe love is real and coincidence is an illusion.


Here’s the part that Tennessee Williams would have really liked: Gov. Crist’s intended, Carole Rome, inherited – and runs — one of America’s oldest Halloween costume companies. The woman marrying the gayish governor from the sultry southern state actually makes beards.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

About 200 people showed up in Williams Park to protest outside of the nuptials of Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Rome.

The majority were from Impact Florida, a local grass-roots organization supporting marital rights for gay couples.

“This is why we’re out here β€” marriage is a civil contract, not a religious contract,” said John Newharth, 65, who drove from Palm Beach to attend the event. “We have to do something.”

The gay protesters wore pink shirts and held signs that read “Best Wishes: Why Can’t I?” and “Congrats Charlie From 2nd class Floridian.”

Group members hoped to highlight what they consider the hypocrisy of Crist’s marriage a month after the governor voted yes on Amendment 2, which changed the state’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.


Anti-gay protester Larry Keffer marched throughout the crowd holding a sign that read “Homo Sex is Sin” and yelled to protesters, “You must repent, Jesus Christ is the only way.”


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21 responses to “Bride of Chucky

  1. Dusty

    Do ya think she wants to be the first lady as badly as Cindy McSame does..or…cough…did? πŸ˜‰

  2. nightowl724

    You made me LOL again, nonnie! πŸ˜€

    I wonder why (MCA) Crist went through with the wedding? I certainly didn’t expect him to, did you?

    The two LOL-iest parts:

    Crist kissed Rome briefly at the end of the ceremony–perhaps too briefly.

    The woman marrying the gayish governor from the sultry southern state actually makes beards.

  3. dusty,
    charlie thought he was gonna be veep if he could only rustle up someone who would marry him. he had to be pissed when capt underpants picked princess! πŸ˜†

    i wonder what will happen now. either he will stay married to her for a couple of years, just for show, or he might decide that he wants a kid. so either she will have artificial insemination, or charlie will bite the bullet, fantasize that he’s with ronald reagan, and do it once with her when she’s ovulating. that way, when he does divorce her, he can point to the kid and say that he can’t be gay since he’s a father. carole will get her child support and have play dates with dina mcgreevey.

  4. nightowl,
    i think charlie was between a rock and a hard place. if he didn’t marry her, everyone would take that as proof that he’s gay. he really had no choice.

  5. i had a crist post as well – great minds think alike

    and Rome — her family makes beards!

  6. dcAp,
    it’s as though our brains had walkie-talkies! πŸ˜‰

    i was just over at your place, and i left footprints.

  7. The bride is actually pretty! Of course, how often do you see a bride that doesn’t look good?

  8. neon vincent,
    charlie thought so, too. as soon as he saw her bank balance.

  9. writechicpress

    Great title! How long before Crist finds himself striking a wide stance in an airport bathroom?

  10. I think Crist married his beard because he loves to get dolled up in white tie and tails.
    Oh well, the good news for her is that he won’t likely be pestering her for sex all the time.
    And think of all the help he’ll be arranging the furniture, picking out drapes and whipping up the perfect souffle!
    Yep. When the groom is prettier than the bride, look out, that’s a bad sign.

  11. wcp,
    well……there’s the honeymoon!

  12. karen,
    i can’t figure out why she married him. i guess she thinks he is going to be preznit some day, and, like dusty opined above, she wants to be first lady. she has to have heard the rumors about him, she is independently wealthy, and she already has kids. maybe she just likes the way he does her hair.

  13. Friend of the court

    Happy Birthday, Dear nonnie, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

  14. Friend of the court

    oops, I’ll be back tomarrow. These time stamps from Wales, get me confused.

  15. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    how sweet of you to remember πŸ˜€ , but what a nasty bitch you are for making me one day older than i really am 😑 !!!

  16. jeb

    Thank God Crist stood up for the sanctity of marriage. Yup, nothing more sacred than a political pact and money. Not like those ickey people who live together all their lives and think they have the right to have their union recognized by law.

    It says something about your movement when your protesters show up with signs missing simple articles: “Homosex is sin.” So all sin like starting illegal wars or rampant hypocrisy and bigotry is “Homosex?”

  17. jeb,
    i cannot understand the argument that gays should not be allowed to marry, because marriage is all about propogation, and if gays are able to marry, then society is at risk. if gays are not married, will they have any more children than they do now? none of the arguments make sense. we allow people in their 60s, 70s, and above to marry, and we know they are not going to bring babies into the world. married gay couples are not going to make anyone else gay. either you are or you aren’t. the dumbest argument of all is that, if we allow gays to marry, then we have to allow plural marriage, people marrying children, etc. we allow people to drive, but we don’t put 4-year-olds behind the wheel of a car (well, unless you’re britney spears). the government gives out licenses for lots of things, and there are limitations on all of them. there is not an argument against gay marriage that holds water.

  18. awwww, thanks, lulu, i needed that! πŸ˜€ i have been accused over at the big orange of being a homophobe because of that poster. it doesn’t bother me, but i was a bit surprised. chalk it up to the hazards of blogging.

  19. charlie thought so, too. as soon as he saw her bank balance.

    I guess Charlie’s bank account swells when he’s dreaming at night.

  20. neon vincent,
    concentrating on her bank balance might be the only way charlie can knock up his new bea….bride in the natural way.