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Charlie Crist signs papers to become Democrat -- at the White House [message #28406] Wed, 12 December 2012 13:25 Go to next message
CyberkNight is currently offline  CyberkNight
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It was just a matter of time. Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat.

Crist -- Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" and used to describe himself variously as a "Ronald Reagan Republican" and a "Jeb Bush Republican" -- on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.

He did so during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Barack Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama's re-election this year than any Florida Democrat.

The widely expected move positions Crist, 56, for another highly anticipated step: announcing his candidacy for governor, taking on Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and an untold number of Democrats who would challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

"I've had friends for years tell me, 'You know Charlie, you're a Democrat and you don't know it,' " Crist, a career-long populist, recounted Friday night from Washington, D.C.

Crist has been registered with no party affiliation since the spring of 2010, when his Republican candidacy for U.S. Senate was fizzling against Republican upstart Marco Rubio. Since losing that race, he has been steadily inching toward the Democratic Party, first when his wife, Carole, switched her affiliation to Democrat and later when he threw himself into Obama's re-election campaign, earning a prominent speaking slot during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Critics from both parties sniff that Crist is merely looking for an avenue back into public office and is willing to throw out his principles to achieve the goal.

Full article: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/article12 65224.ece


Re: Charlie Crist signs papers to become Democrat -- at the White House [message #28407 is a reply to message #28406] Wed, 12 December 2012 13:27 Go to previous message
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I can't imagine why anyone, Democrat or Republican, would support this political opportunist.

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