Published: Sep 22, 2010 4:05 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 1:05 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist - a former Republican running as an independent for the U.S. Senate - has named a key supporter of Democratic President Barack Obama - to a key legal position.

Crist on Tuesday selected prominent Tallahassee attorney Don Hinkle to serve a four-year term on the judicial nominating commission for the state's 2nd circuit. Hinkle replaces Ken Sukhia on the board which recommends nominees for openings on the bench.

Hinkle was an early supporter and major fundraiser for Obama's successful 2008 presidential run.

Crist also appointed Tallahassee attorney Linda Bond and Randolph Murrell, who is with the federal public defender's office in Tallahassee, to the 2nd circuit nominating commission.