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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Engaged
My Fox 2 TV St. Louis ^ | July 3, 2008

Posted on 07/03/2008 10:33:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist won't be sleeping alone in the governor's mansion much longer -- he is engaged (video: MyFoxOrlando) to a woman he met in New York City last September who quickly captured his heart.

Crist, 51, asked Carole Rome to marry him Thursday morning at his St. Petersburg apartment, giving her a blue sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds. She immediately said yes.

"I'm very happy and couldn't be more pleased. What a great way to celebrate America's birthday," said Crist, who has been mentioned as a potential running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. "We've been talking about it for quite a while. I asked her while we were looking out over Tampa Bay and I couldn't think of a better place to do it."

Rome, 38, is the president of Franco American Novelty Co., her family's New York-area Halloween costume company, though she stopped managing its daily business when she moved to Fisher Island near Miami in 2006. Crist said they met at a dinner where he and friends were discussing fundraising.

Asked what made him fall in love, Crist said, "Her beautiful smile, her sweetness, her brilliance -- all of it."

Crist was briefly married while in college, but was divorced in less than a year. That experience contributed to the long wait between commitments.

"It made me be very selective, candidly. Those things tend to make you gun-shy a little bit, but I'm so blessed to have found such a wonderful woman," Crist said. "It sure is great to find the right one."

The couple has been seen together frequently, from a Jimmy Buffett concert in Tampa last November to sporting events and on the campaign trail with McCain. At a Republican Party of Florida dinner last month, Crist told a crowd of 700 donors that he is lucky to have Rome in his life.

The couple is discussing a fall ceremony. Crist said the wedding will likely be a more intimate gathering in St. Petersburg followed by a larger reception at the governor's mansion.

"It will be awfully nice to have her at the mansion. It's a big place to have to be alone in," he said.

Crist took office in January 2007 and previously served as attorney general, education commissioner and in the state Senate.

Rome was previously married to Blue Star Jets president Todd Rome. She has two daughters, aged 9 and 11, but Crist said he hopes the couple has a child of their own someday.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2008; beard; charliecrist; election; elections; florida; gop; marriage; mccain; republicans; weddingbells
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Why not? John Edwards is married.
1 posted on 07/03/2008 10:33:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he needed a “beard” to be considered for veep.


2 posted on 07/03/2008 10:36:54 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big, freakin’ whoop. What’s up with Guy and Madonna? How’s Britney coping?


3 posted on 07/03/2008 10:37:30 PM PDT by rivercat (The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - William Shakespeare)
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To: Travis McGee

I hoped someone would figure out what I was implying, and ...BINGO! ..the first contestant got it right! Don Pardo, tell him what we have for him...


4 posted on 07/03/2008 10:38:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only the Marxist Obama can!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Charlie’s gay?


5 posted on 07/03/2008 10:38:40 PM PDT by John123 (Obambi said that he has been in 57 states. I will now light myself on fire...)
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To: John123

As Christmas...


6 posted on 07/03/2008 10:39:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only the Marxist Obama can!)
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To: John123

That has been the talk. But he’s very smart and careful. He’s a tanning salon metrosexual at the least.


7 posted on 07/03/2008 10:40:34 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Congratulations to the happy couple! ;o)


8 posted on 07/03/2008 10:41:33 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I'm Charlie. I like white wine, walks on the beach, and Barry Manilow."


9 posted on 07/03/2008 10:43:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee

Yeah... I just looked at his picture... kinda reminds me of the Silk Pony... is Charlie a conservative?


10 posted on 07/03/2008 10:43:46 PM PDT by John123 (Obambi said that he has been in 57 states. I will now light myself on fire...)
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To: Travis McGee

The Talk of the Green Iguana
http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2008-02-28/news/the-talk-of-the-green-iguana


11 posted on 07/03/2008 10:43:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only the Marxist Obama can!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McGreevey, part deux..


12 posted on 07/03/2008 10:44:27 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42 - 12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: John123

Gay? Oh so certainly.


13 posted on 07/03/2008 10:47:34 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Leftists stop arguing when they see your patriotism, your logic, your CAR-15 and your block of C4.)
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To: Travis McGee

14 posted on 07/03/2008 10:49:27 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: Travis McGee
Gov. Crist is very discreet and keeps his private life private.

He's a class act.

15 posted on 07/03/2008 10:51:23 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, now that it’s legal in California, I guess he decided to throw caution to the wind. :)


16 posted on 07/03/2008 10:52:51 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Jindal/Palin 2012)
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To: John123

It depends on how you define ‘conservative’. There are a number of different definitions going around.

Charlie is a ‘conservative’ in the same way that other liberal, big government, global warmer, republocrats are.


17 posted on 07/03/2008 10:57:09 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Jindal/Palin 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

18 posted on 07/03/2008 11:04:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From your link:

The story goes that the Florida governor frequented the Green Iguana, a bar in Tampa, back in the early 1990s when he was just starting his political career. He was less careful back then, people say, and during his partying at the Green Iguana, he was openly gay.

When I got Rick Calderoni, the bar’s well-known owner, on the phone, I expected him to stonewall me about it.

He didn’t.

Calderoni, who is gay, confirmed that Crist came into his bar quite often and that the two of them became friends.

Getting to the point, I asked him if he knew Crist to be gay.

“Yes,” he answered bluntly. “I just wish he would come out and admit it. That would be a great thing if he did.”

I asked Calderoni if he was certain that Crist is gay. He told me that Crist socialized with a gay clique of friends but conceded that he’d never actually seen Crist become intimate with another man.

So how can he be sure Crist is gay?

“The way he acted,” Calderoni said.

How did he act?

Calderoni laughed and said, “Very feminine.”

The Green Iguana owner then told me that he knew someone who could provide me more information and that he would have him call me. The call never came.

It wasn’t proof. Just more circumstantial evidence that Florida’s Republican governor is gay, a prevalent rumor in Tallahassee for years.

The topic may soon, however, get some national play. After helping to deliver Florida in the GOP primary, Crist is widely believed to be on the short list to become John McCain’s nominee for vice president.

If he were to be chosen, imagine how interesting this presidential election would be. Not only would the American people be asked to vote for the first black president or female commander in chief, but, at least in terms of subtext, also the first gay vice president.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 11:05:22 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Travis McGee
I hoped someone would figure out what I was implying, and ...BINGO! ..the first contestant got it right! Don Pardo, tell him what we have for him.
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20 posted on 07/03/2008 11:09:04 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: Dick Vomer

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


22 posted on 07/03/2008 11:16:17 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: mkjessup
I LOVE the shoes!!!!
23 posted on 07/03/2008 11:31:27 PM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: Travis McGee; fieldmarshaldj

I’ve always heard that Charlie’s favorite drummer is Frank BEARD from ZZ Top.


24 posted on 07/03/2008 11:43:33 PM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: Clemenza

Think he wears a merkin like Condit ?


25 posted on 07/03/2008 11:49:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I picture Charlie as more of a C-ring type, a la Andy Dick. He certainly isn’t a “leather pride” type.


26 posted on 07/03/2008 11:50:43 PM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: Clemenza

I thought Andy Dick WAS a C*ck ring...


27 posted on 07/03/2008 11:53:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clemenza

Y’know, I don’t know how guys can put on those contraptions. I get uncomfortable enough when my drawers just ride up...


28 posted on 07/03/2008 11:54:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Well, I don’t know what to say about that. Nevertheless, I have had a prostate exam, and pleasure was the farthest thing from my mind when I was getting probed.


29 posted on 07/03/2008 11:56:45 PM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: Clemenza

Ah, yes, the dreaded fickle finger of fate. At least your urologist wasn’t playing “The Village People” in the background.


30 posted on 07/03/2008 11:58:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Nah, it was Donna Summer.


31 posted on 07/04/2008 12:00:16 AM PDT by Clemenza (You Shoot Me in a Dream, You Better Wake Up and Apologize)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Charlie is a ‘conservative’ in the same way that other liberal, big government, global warmer, republocrats are.

So basically he's as conservative as Juan McCain, eh?

32 posted on 07/04/2008 12:03:06 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("Facts are stubborn things." –Ronald Reagan)
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To: Clemenza

“I Feel Love” ?


33 posted on 07/04/2008 12:03:28 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yep. :(


34 posted on 07/04/2008 12:05:13 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Jindal/Palin 2012)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Isn’t that against the 8th amendment?


35 posted on 07/04/2008 12:11:55 AM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: darkangel82

You mean the one that changed Pakistan’s government from a parliamentary system to a semi-presidential system ?


36 posted on 07/04/2008 12:19:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rabscuttle385

“So basically he’s as conservative as Juan McCain, eh?”

Well, he certainly endorsed McCain. And that endorsement pretty much put a hault to Romney’s increasing momentum in the state just maybe two or three days before the Florida primary.

McCain and Crist are tight.


37 posted on 07/04/2008 1:32:43 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I knew the suspicious minds at FR would put forth a certain theory. I can’t honestly say the thought didn’t cross my mind as well. If the theory is solid then I think Crist knows something about becoming VP or is making a move to put himself in better position to be chosen.


38 posted on 07/04/2008 1:36:19 AM PDT by WildcatClan
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Carole is the lady in the black dress. She reminds me a bit of the Republican strategist that is always on Fox. She has an Italian name that I can't recall at this time.
39 posted on 07/04/2008 1:42:15 AM PDT by WildcatClan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BEARD ALERT!

Now I'm 100% sure he's gay...

40 posted on 07/04/2008 3:23:07 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: stravinskyrules
He's a class act.

That much I might appreciate. However his failure as a governor to enact Republican/Conservative policy puts him low on my list. His environmental initiatives are irritating and quite possibly economically destructive for Florida's future. He's been a terrible governor, without the sense to follow the basic policy of "do no harm".

We can't stand him here in SoFlo.

41 posted on 07/04/2008 3:26:29 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmm. How convenient.


42 posted on 07/04/2008 3:44:41 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh good he must not be gay after all. That’s great he can be VP now! Yes I am stupid, why do you ask? Obvious? Like Clinton bombing Kosovo during Monica right when the movie “Wag the Dog” was out? No it’s not! He luvs the ladies!!


43 posted on 07/04/2008 4:25:35 AM PDT by Impy (Hey Barack, you're ugly and your wife smells.)
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To: Travis McGee

Crist may well be gay, but I wouldn’t put too much stock in someone who is gay “outing” him. I’ve known a lot of gay men and each and every one of them claims that anybody that they see in a gay bar is gay. Many also claim that the gay population is much higher than the absurdly high 10% number that they use.

Crist should have known that setting foot in a gay bar would set tongues wagging and hurt him going forward, gay or not.


44 posted on 07/04/2008 4:49:19 AM PDT by Hero
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To: AdaGray

Just what I was thinking-just in time to be selected as VP candidate, What a coincidence.


45 posted on 07/04/2008 4:58:42 AM PDT by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Using Hillary to nip Obama's heels was like beating a dead horse with an armed nuclear bomb.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL McCain pro’ly told him get a beard or else.


46 posted on 07/04/2008 5:02:26 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Travis McGee
Rome ... is the president of ... her family's ... Halloween costume company.

When the stakes are high, use a professional!!!

47 posted on 07/04/2008 5:04:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Travis McGee
Look at the eyes. Something doesn't quite look right.

Cheers!

48 posted on 07/04/2008 5:07:53 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Now he’s importing a New Yorker deliberately?? We have more than enough of those here!

;)


49 posted on 07/04/2008 5:10:23 AM PDT by stefanbatory
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To: tina07
McGreevey, part deux..

not with my vote...
50 posted on 07/04/2008 5:13:03 AM PDT by firewalk
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