Florida Five: Ted Cruz brings comic relief to Palm Beach, Evidence cries out for probe of Crist

It was a busy weekend on Florida’s political scene. Check out BPR’s picks for the five top stories:

Comic relief: Ted Cruz brings down the house in Palm Beach – Trump’s house: It wasn’t a hard sell to get Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to speak at Donald Trump’s famously plush Mar-a-Lago mansion in the wealthiest Trump Westcounty in Florida. Palm Beach County Republican Party Vice Chairman Mike Barnett has been holding the spot for Cruz since last year, when conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham beat him to the punch and headlined the county party’s 2013 annual Lincoln Day fundraiser. But that was before a tumultuous year in Washington made Cruz a household name nationwide. So even the soft sell paid off big when a crowd of 600 ticket-buying conservatives turned out for a big-name evening as rich in humor as it was in politics. Read more.

Donald Trump has Ted Cruz’s back: GOP should hit Dems as hard as they hit Cruz: Donald Trump amused the crowd on his home turf during his introduction of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as keynote speaker for the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. “One of the reasons I like Ted Cruz so much, is that he’s not controversial,” Trump said at his Mar-A-Lago Club, getting a laugh from the partisan audience. Read more.

Evidence Cries Out for Probe of Charlie Crist’s Judgeship Tradeaways: Mounting evidence — in fact, puzzle pieces hiding in plain sight — supports an investigation of Charlie Crist for criminal misconduct while he served as governor of Florida.Unfortunately, if anybody in authority has the state’s former chief executive under a microscope, it’s a better-kept secret than the national launch code. Read more

Actress Bette Midler tweets about Charlie Crist: Midler’s tweet said: ‘Yesterday, at book signing in Fort Lauderdale,@TeaPartiers shouted”commie whore” at @CharlieCrist and other insults.’ Wonder who paid ’em? Who paid ‘em? Something tells us this might have been volunteer work outside of Charlie Crist’s book signing Thursday at a Florida Barnes & Noble. Read more.

Woman suing after going to jail for recording her own traffic stop: A South Florida woman who used a cellphone to record a Broward County sheriff’s deputy’s routine traffic stop is suing after she spent the night in jail and suffered a wrenched wrist in the encounter. In March, Brandy Berning, 33, of Davie, Fla., was pulled over for driving in a high-occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 95 in Broward County, news outlets reported. Read more.

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