Miami, FL- Is this the end? Outgoing Florida governor Charlie Crist told reporters in Tallahassee Tuesday that he is formally considering a posthumous pardon for legendary rock star Jim Morrison. Back in 1969, a deeply inebriated Morrison, lead singer for the iconic group 'The Doors', was charged with indecent exposure and profanity during a rowdy Miami concert.
Since Crist was elected in 2006, Morrison fans have lobbied him for a pardon, arguing that the musician, who died in 1971, never actually exposed himself, and that four long decades had passed since the now infamous incident. After all, Crist was reportedly also a 'Doors' fan, and like Morrison, was a local Florida boy who attended Florida State University. But nothing much had happened, until now.
After a transitional meeting Tuesday with his newly-elected successor, GOP Governor-elect Rick Scott, Crist was asked about reports of a possible pardon.
"Yeah I am considering it," Crist said, according to local reports." I think I want to get a sense from the other cabinet members, what their feeling might be, but I'm certainly willing to consider it"
"Why not?" Crist added.
In the Sunshine State, the governor along with his cabinet members make up the clemency board. According to the Miami Herald, the members of his cabinet, including Democrat Alex Sink, and Republican Bill McCollum said Tuesday that they would be willing to consider it at the next clemency hearing. The Dec 9th hearing will be Crist's last before he officially hands over the reins to Scott in January. Crist lost a tough 3 way battle for Senate a week ago.
One good omen for 'Doors' fans that shows that momentum might be on their side this time: December 8th will have been Morrison's 67th birthday.