Crist Gal Gets Politically Convenient Upgrade

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Floridian Governor Charlie Crist’s bringing out the big guns! The potential vice-presidential nominee wants to cement his questionable heterosexuality:

For months, Gov. Charlie Crist has insisted that New York socialite Carol Rome is just “a friend,” but Tuesday night at a soiree in the Governor’s Mansion, he introduced her as “my girlfriend,” says the Tallahassee Democrat, which snapped the picture above.

In November, the New York Post reported that Rome, in the midst of divorcing Bluestar Jets CEO Todd Rome, was dating Crist. Then, the governor’s staff said Rome, a mother of school-age girls, was just “a friend.”

Still, last month Crist took Rome to the White House for a dinner with President Bush. So far, that’s two high-profile dates for just a “friend.”

Has Crist found love or does he think American voters are blind, deaf and – most importantly – dumb?