By Ralph De La Cruz
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Two Republican lawyers, one who’s running for the 4th House District of Florida, have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Crist.

Charlie Crist

They allege the independent candidate for U.S. Senate is in violation of Florida open records law because he hasn’t responded to records requests from former U.S. Ambassador John Rood, a Republican activist.

And they want Republican campaign money back from the Republican-turned-independent Crist.

Now, as far as giving back money that has already been donated to a candidate, I say “good luck,” “buyer beware,” “a fool and his money” — and any other age-old phrase about buyer’s remorse.

But the open records claim?

Crist, who has always given bear hugs to words such as open government and transparency,  should know that whatever information is generated on state time, using state resources, jotted down on state paper, or stored on state servers is … public.

Even if it might be unpleasant. Or smack of irony.