Tallahassee, Florida - Florida's governor is opening up about his pending marriage and rumors about his sexual orientation.
Last week, Charie Crist proposed to girlfriend Carol Rome. Monday, the governor spoke about the marriage for the first time with reporters at the state capitol. "I think you pop the question like that when you're in love. I am, so that's why I did it. And, thank God she said yes, and we couldn't be happier," Crist said.
Crist met Rome last September during a trip to New York.
Crist says the couple may plan a fall wedding, most likely a small ceremony in St. Petersburg followed by a larger reception at the governor's mansion. He revealed Monday the new couple, and Rome's two children, will split their time between the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee, Crist's home in St. Petersburg, and Rome's home in Fisher Island.
The governor says he's not surprised that some people think he's getting married, to improve his chances of being picked by John McCain as the Repubican vice-presidential candidate. He said nothing could be further from the truth.
Governor Crist also responded to rumors about his sexuality. A reporter asked Crist his reaction to some people's preoccupation with his sexuality, and sexual orientation. Crist responded, "Well, you know, when you're in the public eye, and being governor of Florida that's inevitable, you know, I don't really focus on it, I'm just damn glad I found such a wonderful lady."
He was also asked if rumors about his sexual orientation or other rumors that he may be a heterosexual serial philanderer bother him. Governor Crist replied, "Well, lack of truth always would be disturbing to somebody."
Tampa Bay's 10 News, the Associated Press contributed to this report