After yesterday's announcement from Charlie Crist that he was calling a special session of the Legislature for the purpose of drafting a constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling, Marco Rubio's campaign has responded with a fun and snarky "By the Numbers" analysis of Crist's blatant pandering:
By the numbers, Charlie Crist’s call for a special session to ban something that is already banned in Florida is nothing more than another Washington-style political gimmick meant to distract from the real issues confronting the Gulf Coast:
The Orlando Sentinel pointed out on its Political Pulse blog today that the Rubio campaign's calculation that $120,000 of our money would be wasted on the special session was "probably low:"0 oil spills will be prevented by Charlie Crist’s constitutional amendment.0 real world impact of Charlie Crist’s constitutional amendment banning something already banned in state law.0 tourists will re-book their travel to Florida because of Charlie Crist’s constitutional amendment.0 skimmers will be freed-up because of Charlie Crist’s political photo-op.0 fishermen in the Panhandle would be helped because of Charlie Crist’s constitutional amendment.0 claims will be sped up to impacted Florida Gulf Coast residents and businesses because of Charlie Crist’s constitutional amendment.0 small businesses will be able to keep their doors open because of a constitutional amendment.2 complete flip-flops Charlie Crist has done on offshore drilling.2 points down in the polls is where Crist discovered he was in the U.S. Senate race when he decided to call for a special session.4 hours between the release of a bad poll for Crist and his call for a political sideshow special session.$120,000 will be spent by taxpayers for Charlie Crist’s political photo-op special session.
Here's the St. Pete Times article referenced by the Sentinel....The cost of a special session was calculated at $40,000-per-day by a Tallahassee Democrat reporter 20 years ago. While no one has done the calculations to update the number — based largely on travel costs and per-diem of $133-a-day per legislator — the cost has almost certainly risen. The St. Petersburg Times used a $50,000-per-day number this morning — which for a 4-day session would work out to a total of $200,000 — but even that may be low.