After years of persistent rumors that he is gay, and, at the height of the vice presidential selection process, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist conveniently announces he will settle down and marry. A woman.
Over the holiday weekend, Crist announced his upcoming nuptials to to Carole Rome, a New York socialite. The couple have been seeing each other for nine months and this is the first time the 51-year-old Crist has been linked to a woman since a marriage that lasted less than a year before divorce in 1980.
In 2006, a 24-year-old Republican Party campaign aide claimed he had had a sexual relationship with Crist and named another man as the current governor's long-term boyfriend. Crist denied both claims. The Broward-Palm Beach New Times goes on the record about Crist:
The Florida governor frequented the Green Iguana, a bar in Tampa, back in the early 1990s when he was just starting his political career. He was less careful back then, people say, and during his partying at the Green Iguana, he was openly gay.
Only recently, Republican smear operative Charlie Stone offered 'evidence' of Crist's heterosexuality by claiming he had a surveillance tape of Crist 'making out' with Rome in an elevator.
Perhaps Larry Craig can offer some marital advice to Crist.