Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and State Rep. Dean Cannon (R) are both reevaluating their positions on offshore drilling following the Gulf of Mexico offshore rig spill incident off the coast of Louisiana. After viewing the affected area from the air, Gov. Crist declared his opposition to offshore drilling, noting that the damaged rig was neither safe enough nor far away enough from the shore. Crist announced today that he will be leaving the Republican Party and running as an independent for a seat in the U.S. Senate. An advocate of offshore drilling in Florida waters, Rep. Cannon's comments were more tempered. "The Louisiana spill causes me to want to examine what happened and how it could have been prevented," he explained, "and we need to figure that out before we make any further decisions.'' Cannon is set to become the Speaker of Florida's House of Representatives.
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