In the first month and a half of 2008, Governor Crist took off more week days than he worked – showing up less than 50% of the time.[Governor’s Public Schedule, Jan. 1-Feb. 13, 2008]When Charlie Crist ran for Governor in 2006, he spent millions on infamous “Empty Chair” television ads to attack Democratic candidate Jim Davis. These ubiquitous ads, which featured an empty chair rolling along the streets of Washington, DC, were largely credited as Crist’s most memorable attack on Davis.
The Republican Party of Florida even brought back the “empty chair” concept to attack Democrats in late 2007.
Unfortunately for the people of Florida, the real empty chair – Charlie Crist – won.
These days, Floridians are more likely to see their Governor’s perpetually sunny face in the background of a McCain campaign press conference than working to deal with the state’s economic crisis.
In 2006, Charlie Crist ran for Governor on a populist platform, pledging to be the “People’s Governor,” offering glimpses off a bright future for Florida on the horizon.
But now we learn that he hasn’t showed up for work even half of the time. Where is Charlie Crist when we need him? His fellow Republicans have run amok in the State Legislature. Empty Chair Charlie’s absenteeism and lack of leadership is a disservice to all Floridians.
We’ve had enough of the endless electioneering and infinite photo ops. Contrary to GOP delusions, we’re now mired in a Republican Recession. The Governor has been getting a free pass from the media, but his hypocrisy is apparent.
He said he would come to work every day, but he doesn’t. And we’ve got real problems to deal with in Florida. I don’t know about you, but I’m concerned about rising insurance costs and living in the state leading the housing industry meltdown. I make sacrifices every day to make sure I can provide for my family, pay for gas, and afford healthcare.
I’m certainly in a different position than Governor Crist. I don’t have access to lavish private jets and can’t define my own hours. But I do know the difference between hard work and hardly working.
I know Florida can’t afford to adopt a three-day work week. Charlie Crist shouldn’t be able to get away with doing so, especially considering his promise to work hard for the people.
Enough with Empty Chair Charlie Crist
-In the first month and a half of 2008, Governor Crist took off more week days than he worked – showing up less than 50% of the time. [Governor’s Public Schedule, Jan. 1-Feb. 13, 2008]
-Charlie Crist relentlessly attacked his Democratic opponent in 2006, Jim Davis, by saying “Jim, as you know, you can’t govern from an empty chair.” [Gubernatorial Debate 10/24/06] The accompanying ad campaign should offer enough proof that Charlie’s memory can’t be that bad. We need to hold him to the standard he once claimed he would exhibit.
-Another famous Republican thought he could effectively govern while taking extended hiatus trips. We all saw just what George Bush cooked up while tending to his Texas ranch: a disastrous recession, the never ending war in Iraq, and a full slate of domestic and international problems that don’t look to be settled anytime soon.
-Right now, Florida is facing serious problems in most aspects of our society. This full-fledged Republican Recession requires hard work and solutions – not rhetoric. What has Governor Crist offered in terms of relief to our insurance, housing and recession woes? Where will he direct us in regards to education, healthcare and the immediate state budget crunch? As we scream for solutions, all Governor Crist offers are express travels on the John McCain tour.
The Florida Democratic Party has picked up nine house seats in the State Legislature and dozen of other local municipal elections. Democrats now seem to be the clear pick as the people’s preference.