Charlie Crist speaks in Gulfport on public service, Rick Scott, & the Talking Heads listen04/12/11 Sarah Curran
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Charlie Crist asked for civility between parties and for government officials to use their ears more than their mouths. But that was only part of the former Governors talk on â€œPublic service in a New Era.â€ As a former governor who once had approval ratings in the 70â€™s, Crist says he has empathy for current Governor Rick Scottâ€™s recent rating of 35 percent.
â€œThis is a tough time for anyone to be in government and to be leading and I just wish him the best, because the better he does the better it is for Florida.â€
Crist recently faced a lawsuit by Talking Heads singer David Byrne. It claimed Crist illegally used a song on an online campaign ad during. Last week Crist and Byrne came to a confidential agreement and Crist says their current relationship is better than ever.
â€œOnce you settle a lawsuit things can only get better and improve. And I really appreciate his demeanor and his outlook and he couldnâ€™t have been more of a gentleman throughout the mediation process. It was an honor to get to know him, heâ€™s a great artist and his work deserves respect and I was happy to settle.â€
The former Governor also talked about his hopes for state officials to file a claim against BP and adds he has no immediate plans to run again in an Election.
â€œIâ€™m enjoying the private sector very much, and practicing law with John Morgan is one of the funnest things I have ever done. Heâ€™s just a wonderful guy he really cares about people and it made the transition frankly a joy.â€
Crist was part of Stetson University College of Lawâ€™s Nichols Foundation Prominent Speakers lecture series.