The Seminole Tribe of Florida extended a warm welcome to Gov. Charlie Crist, who signed a gaming compact between the state and the tribe. Crist recently announced that he would leave the Republican Party and run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, but the Seminoles assured him of their vote. "When you're a friend of Seminole, you'll be a friend of Seminole for life," said tribal council member Max Osceola Jr.

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