The ex-husband of former Florida first lady Carole Crist has been granted full custody of their two daughters, after alleging that she abandoned them and hasn't returned messages in nearly two years.I get the impression that Mrs. Crist is more interested in being a big-shot politician wife, than a mom to teenaged girls. That may be true, but it seems a little fishy to me.
"She's completely abandoned them," Todd Rome said of his former wife of 14 years in a brief telephone interview Friday.
He said Mrs. Crist, married for four years to former Gov. Charlie Crist, has not seen or spoken to her 14- and 16-year-old daughters since June 8, 2011, and that even simple tasks like getting her signature on documents have become a challenge.
Mrs. Crist and ex-husband Rome had joint custody until Feb. 1 when a family court judge in New York granted him temporary full custody. Rome said he may seek full custody permanently.
My ex-wife only needed my signature once several years ago, when she wanted to take our kids on a trip to Mexico. The law requires permission of both parents, and I gave her a notarized statement. But last time she went to Mexico with our kids, she did not ask for my signature. I guess she just lied to the Mexican authorities, I don't know. I would have thought that they would be suspicious about an adult couple with one surname, taking kids with a completely different surname. But if she had to bribe someone, she did not tell me about it.
I haven't seen my daughters in a couple of years either. I have had no choice.
Charlie Crist was a Republican governor of Florida, but lost to fellow Republican Marco Rubio. After that, Crist endorsed Pres. Barack Obama and became a Democrat. Crist has been accused of having a sham married to cover up being a closeted gay. Now Crist is a personal injury lawyer. If he is really gay, he probably thinks that it is bad enough that he has be married to a woman for the sake of his political image. Putting up with someone else's teenaged bratty girls would be too much.
I don't want to speculate. We do not have the full story.