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Florida Republicans Having Fun At Crist's Expense

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Florida Republican's are having a grand time turning out one-liners mocking former Gov. Charlie Crist's endorsement of President Obama and upcoming speaking role at next week's Democratic National Convention.

Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, a Wesley Chapel Republican, used topical -- and tropical -- humor to jab Crist.

"Speaking of winds blowing and people shifting position," Weatherford said at a Florida delegate breakfast, referring to both Tropical Storm Isaac and Crist. Then Weatherford referred to Crist's oft-cited hug of President Obama.

"I knew that hugs could be powerful but I had no idea until yesterday," he said.

Weatherford joined a long list of Florida Republicans piling on the Republican-turned-independent Crist.

Later Weatherford said the Crist-bashing was all in jest.

"I'm not upset at all," he said. "I almost think it's comical.

"I feel like we have a good relationship," Weatherford said. "That being said, Charlie is for Charlie and he seems to continuously put his political career ahead of other things."