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Could this be the fastest case of cold feet since “March of the Penguins”?

Just mere days ago, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist proclaimed his undying love for New York socialite Carole Rome, who got DeBeers in her recent divorce settlement.

The governor popped the question. Rome apparently said “Yessssss! Yesssssss! A thousand times, YESSSSSS!” and the happy couple suggested they would exchange their vows sometime this fall, probably after the Nov. 4 elections.

Fair enough, more or less. Crist is reportedly on John McCain’s sort list to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s running mate. Things could get busy. There could be a move to the vice presidential mansion, which would certainly be a very nice wedding gift.

But then the other day the governor dropped a hint that the happy occasion might not occur until later, much, much later, perhaps not until next spring and that could stir up speculation maybe this whole wedding thing is little more than a political manipulation on the part of the Crist to use the prospect of an engagement to make his vice presidential prospects more appealing.

All this whispering and conjecture could easily be avoided is Crist and Rome simply got hitched - right now.

It’s not all that hard, you know.

Sixteen years ago this month the Bombshell of the Balkans and I got married in a quiet, simple, dignified ceremony. Well, it was about as dignified as a wedding can get in Las Vegas, at a place called The Little Chapel of the Bells, presided over by a minister who sounded like something out of “Deliverance” meets “Blue Hawaii.”

And we’re still happily together.

Both of us, much like Crist and Rome, had been married before, thus obviating the need for some big wedding ceremony.

The simple fact is Charlie Crist could make an honest woman out of Rome in very short order.

It’s hardly that big a deal to get a marriage license. Surely the governor of the fourth largest state in the union, a guy who can sign death warrants, could find a notary public or at least a half-way decent Elvis impersonator to conduct the services.

It doesn’t take that long and let’s face it, most of us who are invited to weddings are pretty well stultified by the service, waiting only for the reception to begin.

Plenty of people are very busy in their lives and still find time to marry the love of their life.

This is purely friendly advice, but I would gently suggest to the governor that there is something awfully romantic about eloping.

It’s not that hard, really, once you give it a try.

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Posted by  Iris Fleat, Tampa on 07/12  at  08:32 PM

This blog is the best Ihave ever read for reading in between the lines. yOUR INFERENCES ARE OUTSTANDING. Just answer this question. The question is to be or not to be. Remember anyone can run away,but will it last more than the twinkle of ones eye.


Posted by  Danny J Phillips, Valrico on 07/11  at  12:14 PM

Dan,

Since the beginning of the 24 hour news cycles and the internet, it has fascinated me how petty some blowhards can be in using mundane things like being single to bring down political candidates.  Nothing is sacred these days including spouses and children.  Oh how far we have fallen!!

DanJ


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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
Lightning eliminated from playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat reacts after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— Out in a flash.

Teammates swarm David Price, center, after winning Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins.
Price goes distance in 7-3 win over Twins
Bollywood actors Sridevi and Prabhu Deva, left in yellow, perform during the 2013 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Local leaders look beyond Bollywood as celebration begins
Breanne Serafin, 16, has been missing since April 9. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has classified Serafin as a runaway juvenile, and the family is asking for help locating her.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Family searching for 16-year-old girl missing since April 9

Opinion

Otto: As rail goes, Florida seems to be on a train to nowhere

There was a story this week that Amtrak was considering cutting a 600-mile stretch from its Southwest Chief that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. The move would eliminate service to a dozen or more towns in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Amtrak might reconsider if those four states cough up $4 million a year for the next 10 years to upgrade track and services.

Editorials:
Editorial: Rotary’s century of service
Editorial: Protecting micro-breweries is good for business
Editorial: Lawmakers should pass immigrant tuition bill
Letters:
Letters to the editor: ‘Legislatum Creatum’
Everyone should help pay for this Republican mandate

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