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Less than a year and a half ago, Charlie Crist campaigned for Governor by attacking Democrat Jim Davis for missing votes in Congress. Crist spent millions of dollars on those infamous "Empty Chair" television ads and used that line of attack at every opportunity.

At the October 24th debate that year, Crist slammed former Congressman Davis, saying, "Jim, as you know, you can't govern from an empty chair." In the same breath, Crist vowed: "I'll come to work every day."

What a difference 16 months (and a shot at being VP) make.

In the first month and a half of 2008, Governor Crist took off more week days than he worked - showing up less than 50% of the time. More than a third of the time, he didn't even show up for half a day. But you saw him on TV standing by John McCain's side in Arizona, right? And Virginia? And New Jersey?

These days, Floridians are more likely to see their Governor's perpetually sunny face in the background of a McCain campaign press conference than working to deal with the state's economic crisis.

The University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research is reporting that "Florida is almost certainly in a recession now, and the country is not far behind."

Gas prices are shooting up. Home and condo sales are down about 30% in the past year. Violent crime is on the rise, and unemployment has increased almost 50% in the last year.

But Republican politicians just don't seem to care so we must.

Click here to write a letter to your local paper's editor - real quick because we've got talking points for you - before it's too late.

Click here to visit the Florida Democratic Party's new website, www.EmptyChairCharlie.com, which is dedicated to holding Crist accountable for his blatant absence during the state's most dire economic times in 16 years. Use our easy letter-to-the-editor template to get the word out about Empty Chair Charlie and his failure to quickly address the Republican Recession.

Don't wait for things to get worse. Call the Republicans on their hypocrisy now.

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