Florida GOP: Crist Not A Pretty Picture

If a picture is worth a thousands words, is a portrait of newly independent Senate candidate Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worth $7,500 on eBay?The Florida Republican Party wants to find out.Florida state Sen. John Thrasher, chairman of the Florida GOP, has removed a portrait of Mr. Crist from the party's Tallahassee headquarters and plans to put it up for sale on the online auction site.The portrait, along with a painting of former party Chairman Jim Greer, who recently was forced from office amid reports he misused party money, had cost the party $7,500."We just want to recoup the cost," said Florida Republican Party spokeswoman Katie Gordon. "This is just an example of the extravagant spending under the leadership of Mr. Greer and Gov. Crist." She described the works as oil paintings on linen canvas.Mr. Greer has claimed his likeness. But party officials say they hope to begin bidding for the governor's portrait on eBay as soon as today.