Skip to comments.Schiavo issue haunts Crist
Posted on 11/02/2006 5:23:50 AM PST by 8mmMauser
Republican gubernatorial front-runner Charlie Crist says he was perfectly clear in opposing governmental intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
He spoke out loudly.
And he was silent.
The day after limping through a tough nationally televised debate, the Republican attorney general wanted to talk about his plans to slash taxes. Instead reporters questioned him about his debate assertion that, Yes, I did speak out against Congress trying to force the reinsertion of the severely brain-damaged womans feeding tube in 2005.
Crist did not publicly express his opposition to the Schiavo intervention until April 2006, more than a year after the Pinellas womans death. But he maintained on Tuesday that he forcefully expressed his opposition from the start.
I spoke loudly, Crist said in Tallahassee. I think its important that when issues like that come up and you believe that government is the appropriate place for it that you act that out, and you walk the walk, and dont just talk the talk.
The attorney general noted that his office by not going to court and pushing the agenda on that issue, that was speaking out louder than anybody else did in Florida.
This is one of many issues from insurance reform to abortion and civil unions where Crist has been accused of ambiguity or trying please all sides.
Contrary to his comments Tuesday, during the Republican gubernatorial primary in August he stressed to the weekly newspaper of the Florida Baptist Convention that his office helped the governors office with legal work to keep Schiavo alive, even though he personally had qualms.
I dont remember that, but Ill check on it and see, Crist said when asked about that interview with the Florida Baptist Witness.
Gov. Jeb Bush came to his would-be successors defense. He spoke out to me, Bush told reporters. Crist, however, said he never directly talked to Bush.
There are few issues in the political realm so black and white as the Terri Schiavo case. People either supported the state and federal government intervening to keep her alive or they didnt.
But Crist is the second statewide candidate recently to face questions about how he acted during the Schiavo end-of-life controversies that erupted in 2003 in the Legislature and in 2005 in both the Legislature and Congress.
Democratic Attorney General candidate Walter Skip Campbell, a state senator from Broward County, has been on the defensive this week for having voted to keep Schiavo alive and later criticizing the governmental intervention. Crists involvement in the Schiavo case may be the only common ground between the Schindler family, Terri
Schiavos parents and siblings who fought to keep her alive, and her husband, Michael Schiavo, who insisted his wife did not want to be kept alive in a persistent vegetative state. Both sides have criticized Crist.
When he said in that debate that hes going to be a leader, my heart dropped. Hes not a leader, hes a follower, Michael Schiavo said Tuesday. If he really wanted to stand up he would have said, 'No, this is wrong. The government should stay out of this. ... Charlie Crist did not say a word, he was nowhere to be found. Hes a coward.
Terri Schiavos father, Bob Schindler, wrote an essay in August accusing Crist of snubbing the familys pleas for him to help their efforts. Florida Atty. Gen. Charlie Crist let my daughter die. He had it within his authority to save her life, but he turned a blind eye to her suffering, Schindler wrote.
The Florida Democratic Party issued a release saying Crist lied about his role in the Schiavo case, but at a brief campaign stop at Arco-Iris restaurant in Tampa on Tuesday, Davis would only say that Crist misrepresented his position.
I was up fighting George Bush and the entire United States Congress, both political parties, and Charlie Crist was unwilling to take a position, Davis said.
Davis, trailing in polls and campaign money, is hoping his debate performance Monday night will cut Crists advantages. No statewide viewership numbers were available Tuesday, but in the Tampa Bay area about 152,000 households tuned in a ratings jump for that time slot on WFLA and that doesnt include those who watched on MSNBC.
- Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet and staff writer Alex Leary contributed to this report. Adam C. Smith can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 893-8241.\
The bottom line is that Schiavo was an issue for the legislature, not the courts. But like so many other issues, the legislature is not doing its job, so the courts simply substitute their own judgment.
Still hoping and praying Crist will lose because of his failure to help Terri.
Ping to a powerful thread started by Eternal Vigilance.
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
ST. Pete Slimes is a pro al queda rag started by kooks who have Never supported the GOP or the military.
On at least one issue, abortion, Lynch and Robinson switch sides politically. Robinson supports a woman's right to choose, while Lynch favors restrictions on abortion. Robinson has been endorsed by Michael Schiavo, whose wife was at the center of the right-to-life controversy in Florida. Lynch supported a measure in Congress intended to have the feeding tube of the then-comatose Terri Schiavo reinserted against her husband's wishes. The feeding tube was eventually withdrawn and Terri Schiavo died.
You have a warmer, more favorable opinion of St. Pete Slimes than do I.
I hate the St Pete slimes completely. No love for them at all.
bttt. Dick Armey is a fine (sarcasm tag) human being. Had he been in congress at the time, there's no doubt he would have voted for Terri's starvation death. He was on CNN last night talking about Terri.
All the candidates for guv at present were for Terri to be killed. Crist said Judge Greer and Judge Whittemore were heroes for killing Terri. It's easy to kill people who cannot defend themselves physically or in court. Terri never had due process. She was lynched.
I hope Terri is mentioned in every single election cycle. Let the cowards keep saying they were against her life. People need to get it someday, including the propagandist media.
I would have respect for Jeb if he'd called in the National Guard and said "I'm the executive branch and, together with the legislative branch, we are over-ruling the judicial and saving her life! Ok, so I'm just dreaming.
At one point when donations came up, Crist said "I've gotten money from a lot of people." It was all there, the smug look and the haughty, elitist tone in his voice.
Terri Schiavo was a kind hearted girl, not smug or haughty. She was lynched by the State of Florida and although all the evidence is hidden, it's no secret.
Terri's parents and siblings continue to help others. There are new articles there about their lectures and calls to action.
This time, the St. Pete Times is right on point.