Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Crist : I'm 'amenable' to hiring more journalists

If David Klement does a good job as a member of the Florida Public Service Commission - and his former colleagues here at the Bradenton Herald have little reason to doubt that he will - it might bode well for Florida journalists looking for a next act in their professional lives.

Speaking to journalists gathered in Tallahassee today for the Associated Press Legislative Planning Session, Gov. Charlie Crist touted his recent appointment of Klement, the former long-time editorial page editor at the Herald, to a spot on PSC. The appointment, according to a couple a journalists in attendance who wrote about Crist's remarks on Twitter, has left the governor feeling a bit magnanimous about journalists.

"If any one of you need a job, let me know. I'm amenable to that," Crist said, according to a Tweet from the Palm Beach Post's Michael C. Bender.

(Coincidentally, I was "amenable" enough about a decade ago to hire Bender as a reporter when I was city editor at a newspaper in Colorado and he was right out of college. It's nice to see him continuing to do well.)

--- Marc R. Masferrer

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