Charlie Crist speaks in Gulfport on public service, Rick Scott, & the Talking Heads

04/12/11 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 “Public service in a New Era.” As a former governor who once had approval ratings in the 70’s, Crist says he has empathy for current Governor Rick Scott’s recent rating of 35 percent.

“This 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.”

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.

“Once you settle a lawsuit things can only get better and improve. And I really appreciate his demeanor and his outlook and he couldn’t have been more of a gentleman throughout the mediation process. It was an honor to get to know him, he’s a great artist and his work deserves respect and I was happy to settle.”

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.

“I’m enjoying the private sector very much, and practicing law with John Morgan is one of the funnest things I have ever done. He’s just a wonderful guy he really cares about people and it made the transition frankly a joy.”

Crist was part of Stetson University College of Law’s Nichols Foundation Prominent Speakers lecture series.

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