Charlie Crist’s wife loses custody of teenage daughters

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Photo Credit (AP Photo/Florida Governor’s Office, Colin Hackley)

As New York socialite Carole Rome walked down the aisle in December 2008, she was escorted by her daughters from a previous marriage, Skylar, 10, and Jessica, 12.

The smiling groom: then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

When the Rev. David Miller asked who was there to give the bride away, the Huffington Post reported, the girls quickly answered separately, “I do.”

Little did they know.

Four years later, on Feb. 1, a New York county judge temporarily awarded Carole Crist’s ex-husband, Todd Rome, full custody of their two teenage daughters after allegations that Florida’s former first lady abandoned the girls, according to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times:

The judgement, which Rome read aloud over the telephone to New Times — but declined to release — overturned the parents’ joint custody, and follows two years in which Carole Crist hasn’t returned phone calls, text messages, letters, or any communication of any kind with her children, said Rome’s attorney, Mark Heller.

“It’s shocking and very disturbing because these two girls are at a fragile point in their lives, and as important as a father is, a mother is very important,” he said. “And [Crist] has been completely absent from their lives.”

The New Times article noted that the decision isn’t public record and couldn’t be independently verified.

“She’s completely abandoned them,” Todd Rome said in a telephone interview Friday with the Tampa Bay Times, adding that his ex-wife has not seen or spoken to her daughters since June 8, 2011.

Carole Crist has not commented publicly on the custody order, nor has Charlie, who told TCPalm a few months before their wedding: “The girls are wonderful. I think the world of them and I look forward to spending a lot of time with them.”

Of course, with Crist all but certain to run a second time for governor, news of his wife abandoning her children would have to be a deal breaker, no?

Silly me. I forgot. He’s a Democrat now.

As for fate, it’s ironic that many of those who’ll support Crist’s re-election efforts likely stood outside the church the day the former governor got married, protesting his support for banning same-sex marriage and gay adoption.

It turns out Crist was no more wedded to those positions than to his determination to spend “a lot of time” with his step-daughters.



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Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
Tom Tillison


  • Boca Legend

    Why be surprised by anything that comes out of this "sham " marriage by a still closeted homosexual in denial? Rome's only real purpose was to give Crist political cover while old Charlie was still having delusions about being Obama's VP pick in his first run at the WHite House.

    Perhaps Charlie should just ask Obama if the towel boy position in his gay Chicago Bath House is still available so he can finally find a job he is truyly suited for……

  • Val

    The old adage those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, should come into play here..Crist had his dismal run as Governor and Florida is none the better for it..I have come to the conclusion that Dems (low educated voters) are traitors and a direct threat to my constitutional liberties. I consider them as much of an enemy as any "terrorist" who flies into a building of innocents..To vote for a worthless politician for no other reason than they have a (D) in front of their name is ludicrous ..and I will treat them as an "enemy to the state".

  • http://Facebook Richard crouch

    Charlie is and will always be gay,it is not something you grow out of, the marriage was a farce, done in name only,a joke, Bush knew he was GAY, but chose to keep quiet, so he could be Governor, now he is a DEM, i guess everything goes, we don't want him back, not even as a dog catcher in Florida, he turned Dem. to be oboma's puppet, gotta love the hugs, next it will be kisses, then may be oboma can make a son with him, remember anything goes with Dem's.

  • Chuck Lehmann

    So the "Prince of Wilton Manors" is now part of child abandonment on the part of his "wife". When will all these "right-wing nuts" stop putting out embarassing information about "Chain saw" Charlie? He wants us to drop the soap in the shower again and re-elect him governor, but these revelations always seem to prick his political baloon (no pun intended).

    In Martin Luther King we had a "dream", in Charlie Crist we have a nightmare.

    Our website: "Chuck on the Right Side" (Google it up)

    Chuck Lehmann

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I think the delving into family matters as painful as this for the participants is terrible for all people concerned. If you can examine this custody question, why can't we also see who in the legislatures are using Viagra, or IUDs. How about how much he or she spents on booze or how they spend their time on their personal computers? Whether or not Charlie Crist is gay is a nonissue. I personally don't care. Can he do the job? If he is elected again for any office, I only care about the outcome. The rest is cheap, TMZ category crap.

    • http://verizon ROSE ANN LEE BRIGHT

      Charlie Crist can stand in front of a camera and LIE RIGHT TO YOUR FACE!!! My mother use to say look me straight in the face and say "I SWEAR TO GOD". Then and there she knew whether we were lying as we would never say it was true if it was not because that is what she would say. We always told the truth because my parents thought it was always better than a lie.

      Charlie Crist has no control over whether his wife is a good mother or not only she can be that on her own. But she likes the high society life at the white house more than caring for her children. But that comes back to bite and hard when the girls will no longer want either one of them in their lives or their childrens lives. It is called "what you reap you will sow".

    • Wily

      Rose, I got a question for you (yes it is relevant) if your husband (or lets say partner) lied to you about affairs or money issues etc and you found this person out of these accusations and they asked you to forgive them (lets say you did) and they commented the same acts again, would this person be on your s#it list, or could you ever trust 'them' again? Your answer would be yes, why? because I'm making it political! What's wrong w/someone to being gay as a leader? What's wrong w/the 10 commands found in the book of Exodus?! All these questions and a lot more were covered in our Constitution, Bill of Rights along w/ the Declaration of Independence!

      Let me let you in on a not so secrete secrete! Everything of this age is wrapping up very quickly (the prophets of old put it on paper 'parchment etc') being totally Inspired by God w/a up to the moment accuracy in the 66/40 (or our Bible) and you have a free will, your choice of the two futures is up to only you! The Lord gave us the Perfect Gift (Jesus) and yes that's my opinion, But, it's also the Word of God, the Alpha and the Omega, whether you or anyone does not believe that, it changes nothing! I too was once a bigger fool than I'm now, at the very least (or most) I've been bought (Redeemed) like many others, Christians are not perfect, our redeemer is, that's the difference! I'm not being arrogant, I'm humbled by His Awesomeness that He'd Save a piece of garbage like myself!

  • Quan

    This is partisan, cheap, and second class. I have never voted for Mr. Crist, I don't like his politics, and his party switching is done for his benefit than for either party or for Floridians, but what you are doing smacks of personal attack and mudslinging. Not only that, you pull children and their personal lives into your reporting. Activism has a higher standard, Mr. Tillison. This column belongs … Let's not dignify trash.

  • GoldenGekko

    #1. It is an insult to purity to wear white for your second or third marriage. And also if you have been fornicating with Pete, Sam and Harry – or Alice, Makaria or Felicia and now want to show everyone how 'virginal' you are. What a farce! #2. For this woman to have lost touch with her lovely daughters for 2 years is very questionable. The mom must be having some horrific personality disorder or may be so deep in dope that she has lost her conscience and simply her brain doesn't compute. Only the Good Lord knows what is going on with that marriage. I pray that she finds herself soon. A conjecture – she may have found out the pestilence of her husband and she just doesn't know how to flee to the sweet smell of jazmin.

  • http://aol polkcountyishome

    Not casting stones, calling anyone gay, or even a bad mother, we as Americans are usually told things by the media that they think we want ot hear, and usually thats dirt. I personally don't like the values that Mr. Crist has, and his taste in wives I like even less. I am a registered republican, I don't always agree with all the Rick Scott does, but at least he has family values and that says alot for the man he is. To change your party affiliation three times is pretty much saying,,,I don't like playing with these people anymore, they aren't letting me get my own way so I will go play with someone else. In other words a definately turncoat. I wonder which side Mr. Crist would have been on during the Revolutionary War,,,ours?? theirs??? or both?????

  • Michael

    I strongly encourage the democrats to nominate Charlie Crist for their nominee for governor. No one better represents the values of the democratic party than charlie crist

  • Rich

    There is no real leadership in this state. We need some new people to step up to the plate.

    • George Blumel

      Excuse me, Rich –"no leadership in this state" ? The CATO Institute rates the governors on their taxing and spending records—governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades. Note that our governor is one of the four best.

      Four governors were awarded an “A” in the latest report card—Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rick Scott of Florida, Paul LePage of Maine, and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania. All Repubs, of course. Those are leaders doing the job they were elected to do. That's leadership!

      • Rich

        George, I respectfully disagree. Scott said he would push everify. After he was elected he backed down which meant that there are illegals in Florida working and using our social programs to the tune of over 4 billion dollars not to mention the impact on the criminal justice system. Now that may be chump change to you but giving our money to illegals and cutting a 12 million dollar program for homeless veterans is not my cup of leadership tea. Also, on the most important night of the last session which lasted to past 3 am in the morning he opted out before midnight. Now that is some leadership.

        Scott gave his blessing to raise homeowner's insurance rates to those Floridians who are hardest hit with his bogus scenario of a 500 billion dollar cost to the state in the event of a major hurricane. He is also good at drumming up bogus numbers for the Affordable Health care Act the part of the Medicaid extension where his numbers were 10 times higher than the real cost to the state. He is quiet like a mouse with the Crystal River Nuclear Facility disaster which cost consumers over 1.3 billion dollars due to the out of state run facilities blunder. This cost was passed on to the consumer which as you know decreases the disposable income of families and working capital for businesses. This costs us jobs. Now they are saying they won't fix the damage.

        Do you know how many people whose ills, suffering and lives could have been saved with the money defrauded Medicare and Medicaid? Tens of thousands.

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