Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Florida independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist says he is never more than a phone call away. The Saint Petersburg Times reports the current Florida governor is spending less and less time in the office as he campaigns for Senate.
But Crist says he's always in the loop -- "I've been in constant touch with the office every day -- several times a day. As long as I've got my phone with me, I'm never not governor."
Crist's opponents don't see it that way. Republican Marco Rubio's campaign recalled Crist's 2006 pledge to "come to work every day," saying: "It's clear that was just another thing he was willing to say to get elected." And Democrat Kendrick Meek's spokesman says Crist: "Prefers running for office rather than sitting in one."
With Friends Like These
California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has dissed fellow Democrat and former President Bill Clinton and even joked about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He was responding to an ad by Republican challenger Meg Whitman, who used an old clip from a 1992 debate between Brown and Clinton.
Brown told a crowd over the weekend -- "I mean Clinton's a nice guy but who ever said he always told the truth? You remember, right? There's that whole story there about did he or didn't he.... OK, I did... I did not have taxes with this state. So let's be clear about that."
No response from the Clinton camp. But -- just crossing the wires -- Brown apologized for the Clinton remarks.
A Maine newspaper has apologized for giving front-page coverage to the end of Ramadan on September 11, without mentioning the ninth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The publisher of the Portland Press Herald writes, "we made a news decision that offended many readers and we sincerely apologize for it."
Say No Moore
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore says he opposes building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. He wants it build on Ground Zero.
The conservative Weekly Standard sarcastically writes that Moore's announcement "demonstrates once again that he really has his finger on the pulse of America."