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Likely Martinez replacement: FSU Chairman Jim Smith
The Palm Beach Post ^ | August 7, 2009 | Michael C. Bender

Posted on 08/07/2009 3:58:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Jim Smith is Gov. Charlie Crist’s likely pick to replace U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a key Republican source has told The Palm Beach Post.

Smith, the FSU Board of Trustees chairman, is a former state attorney general and secretary of state. He sided with Crist’s GOP opponent, Tom Gallagher, in 2008, but his son-in-law, Brian Ballard, is a close ally of Crist’s.

Smith Smith and Ballard were not immediately available for comment. Reasons the pick would make sense: Smith would not be likely to run for re-election and has an “elder statesman” profile that could earn Crist points for making a solid pick.

In 2002, Smith was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush to fill the vacancy of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who left the position after being elected to the U.S. House. Smith served in the same office from 1987 to 1995. He was also state attorney general from 1979 to 1987.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2010; crist; fl2010; fsu

1 posted on 08/07/2009 3:58:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Like I predicted, a “caretaker.”

I wonder if California Suntan made him pledge not to seek election in ‘10.

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Charlie Crist has got to go!

2 posted on 08/07/2009 4:00:08 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Angry Mobster)
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To: Joe Brower; JulieRNR21; Always Right; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; ...

Jim Smith a longtime former state official who lost races for Governor in 1986 and 1994. He will act as a caretaker and not seek a full term if he’s appointed.

3 posted on 08/07/2009 4:00:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

He sounds more conservative than Crist.

4 posted on 08/07/2009 4:05:56 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Clintonfatigued

It is dangerous to set out the place-holders for an office you are seeking yourself, as what is there to prevent the appointee from making his own run?

Now I do not presume to know much of anything about this Jim Smith, but clearly, he has more gravitas than Charlie Crist, who is something of a gadfly. An “elder statesman” persona in the US Senate has all the connotations of what the Senate SHOULD be, now that Senator Stuart Smalley of Minnesota has been seated. It is time a note of sobriety be returned to those hallowed halls.

5 posted on 08/07/2009 4:06:20 PM PDT by alloysteel (Never let an inanimate object know that you are in a hurry.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I am no FSU fan but hopefully this guy votes better than Martinez if he gets in.

6 posted on 08/07/2009 4:13:33 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: iowamark

He got his start as a conservative Democrat, where he was a law-and-order state AG. He ran for Governor in 1986, but lost the primary to a liberal. He became a Republican in 1988, became Secretary of State, and ran for Governor in 1994, losing to Jeb Bush.

7 posted on 08/07/2009 4:14:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Boiling Pots

Well no duh, Crist himself his running for the seat, he wouldn’t appoint someone who wanted to run against him for it.

8 posted on 08/07/2009 4:17:21 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I can’t imagine Charlie Crist appointing himself to the Senate. This seems to be the most likely outcome.

9 posted on 08/07/2009 5:39:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: iowamark

If I remember right, Smith should be a big improvement over Martinez.

10 posted on 08/07/2009 6:20:34 PM PDT by Oldhunk
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper

11 posted on 08/08/2009 6:17:42 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

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12 posted on 08/08/2009 8:37:48 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (A Socialist becomes a Fascist the minute he tries to enforce his "beliefs" on the rest of us.)
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To: Joe Brower; Lesforlife
What a coincidence! Charlie Crist was just in ASPEN, Colorado fundraising w/non-Floridians. JIM SMITH just happens to be in Colorado on vacay with his family right now. They can't say they are surprised. This was a RINO inside job concocted in COLORADO.

I believe I'm the first to put this coincidence into context.

13 posted on 08/08/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Obama's Health Care Plan Puts the "you" in euthanasia.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

JIM SMITH = FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT. How’s your power bill, customers

14 posted on 08/08/2009 12:32:13 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Obama's Health Care Plan Puts the "you" in euthanasia.)
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To: iowamark
He sounds more conservative than Crist.

Obama is more conservative than Crist!

15 posted on 08/08/2009 7:30:51 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Can you interpret this (I'm assuming satire)? ;-)

A comment at the link:

# 3 Michelle Obama Says:
August 7th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

This Hispanic Liberal Martinez will be missed by my peoples change of the USA. Mel voted more as a democrat than a Repupican.
Thansk for voting for Sotomayor and her racist biased opinions. We are close to bringing down the ole whitey world.

16 posted on 08/08/2009 7:49:47 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (I'm an ABC type of guy - Anybody But Crist!)
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