By Roger Stone

Crist: puts Florida first
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has taken serious heat from the GOP's right wing over his support of President Obama's Fiscal Stimulus package and his appearance with the President in Orlando last week. Republicans need to remain mindful that Crist's job is to balance the State budget and that he is looking at a massive deficit that, as the steward of the state's fiscal health, he must solve. To turn down the millions the stimulus plan would bring Florida would be irresponsible to say the least. Governor Crist recognizes that the alternative is more painful budget cuts - or even worse, tax increases. The more political position would have been to join the GOP chorus looking at the 2012 Presidential race and oppose the package. Crist has put the best interests of Florida before his personal ambitions.