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Friday, July 04, 2008

Congratulations, you crazy kids
Posted by Jill | 2:10 PM
[Allegedly closeted] Florida governor and speculated VP contender for John McCain has suddenly decided to take himself a beard....I mean, bride:

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is engaged to a woman he met last September during a trip to New York, according to a published report Thursday evening.

Crist, 51, asked Carole Rome, 38, his girlfriend of nine months, to marry him on Thursday at his St. Petersburg apartment, the St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site. Crist says she said yes without hesitation.

"She's special in every way. She's brilliant, beautiful and sweet. I'm very, very lucky,'' Crist told the Times on its politics blog, The Buzz.

Crist told the Times he picked out the sapphire and diamond ring on Wednesday at the Gold and Diamond Center in St. Petersburg's Northeast Shopping Center.

Crist says the couple may plan a fall wedding, most likely a small ceremony in St. Petersburg followed by a larger reception at the governor's mansion. Crist said he hopes he and Rome can have a child.

"I'm very, very happy," the governor told the Times. "I love her."

Crist's relationship with Rome became national news when he brought the businesswoman to a gathering with Republican John McCain on Memorial Day weekend. Crist's name comes up often as a potential vice presidential candidate for McCain.

Rome is a 1992 honors graduate of Georgetown University who became president of her family's 100-year-old Franco American Novelty Co., a Halloween costume business, in 2000. She has two daughters, ages 9 and 11, from a previous marriage to Todd Rome, CEO of Blue Star Jets. She stopped managing hr company's daily business when she moved to Fisher Island near Miami in 2006. In court records, Todd Rome estimated that his ex-wife's income has been as high as $1.48-million a year. Crist earns about $140,000 a year as governor.

Crist said they met at a dinner where he and friends were discussing fundraising.

Asked what made him fall in love, Crist said, ``Her beautiful smile, her sweetness, her brilliance -- all of it.''

According to the poll at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's web site that accompanies this article, 78.4% believe that the marriage is politically motivated.

(h/t: John and Pam)

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Blogger Fran said...
I recently made some jokes about ol' Charlie on another blog... Visions of Bobby Short singing "Kinda wow, Charlie" from the old Revlon Charlie perfume ads.

This is too much. She's already got millions and she lives on the island of evil, I wonder what is in it for her.

Oh I forget, the seductive lure of power I guess.

This is a tad too obvious if you ask me, but what the fuck do I know?

Blogger Distributorcap said...
i am laughing as fast as i can

Blogger Bob said...
The most outrageous crime fiction I read with a Florida location never seems exaggerated.