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“The Lord Jesus spoke to me and he said ‘There’s something I want you to know. Charlie Crist will be the next governor of the state of Florida’…”I introduce to you, as the Lord Jesus has said, the next governor of the state of Florida, Charlie Crist.”

— the Rev. O’Neal Dozier, pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, announcing his news about the Florida GOP candidate for governor from the Heaven Hotline to other pastors at a prayer breakfast

Dozier also says that he got this bit of wisdom from above two years ago in a dream. Why didn’t he get the heads-up about the hurricanes last year? Why is Dozier’s Jesus focusing on political races instead of passing along a warning to save hundreds of lives? Why am I even asking questions about this nutcase?

When you read this AP piece, it again really hits home regarding the relationship of the GOP to The Base. The fundies feel emboldened by the political climate to just blurt out the most ridiculous statements, perhaps taking cues from Crazy Pat as a baseline. And the politicians are then left to try and toss off the statements without completely embarrassing their bible-beating supporters since they’ve hopped in bed with them for support — and votes.

Crist’s first words were, “Well, as they say, the praise doesn’t get any higher.”

Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who is opposing Crist in the primary, wouldn’t comment on the remarks after the event.

Afterward, Dozier said he met Crist two months after the dream at a conference of Republican leaders from around the South. He told Crist about the dream, and Crist replied that he would run.

“It’s the most amazing thing anyone’s every told me,” Crist said. “It’s beyond overwhelming, but the reverend has a very strong faith in his heart and he’s a good man. I’m very grateful for his help and his support and his belief.”

Gov. Jeb Bush, who appointed Dozier to a group that nominates judges in South Florida, didn’t directly respond to the remark, but praised Dozier. “Far be it from me to judge about people’s faiths and what occurs because of it,” Bush said. “He is very sincere. Rev. Dozier’s a good man.”

Holy hell – Jeb is allowing this pastor to nominate judges?! There’s the news in this story — you Floridians are f*cked if these crazies are representing the public interest for nominations to the bench.

Hat tip, Holly.

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