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Crist: No regrets on quitting GOP (We don't mind you quitting either, Charlie)
The Hill ^ | 11/5/2010 | J Taylor Rushing

Posted on 11/06/2010 4:44:28 AM PDT by markomalley

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he has no regrets about quitting the Republican Party, despite his decisive defeat on Tuesday.

In a phone interview with The Hill, Crist said he is proud of his Senate campaign and doesn’t regret his decision to challenge former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) as an independent candidate.

The decision to bolt the GOP initially moved Crist past Rubio in the polls. That lead quickly eroded, however, and on Tuesday, Rubio crushed Crist and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) with 49 percent of the vote, compared with 30 percent for Crist and 20 percent for Meek.

“I’m very proud of the campaign we ran, even if I’m disappointed at the outcome,” Crist said. “The last thing I am ever is bitter. I’m just not made that way or wired like that. I’m grateful to the people of my state for the honor of serving them. … I’m the opposite of bitter.”

Crist will leave the governor’s mansion in January after nearly 20 years in the Florida government. He was elected a state senator in 1992, state education commissioner in 2000, attorney general in 2002 and governor in 2006.

Crist said he hasn’t decided on his future and will wait to “evaluate” his next career move in January. He was a lawyer before entering politics, but won’t say if he is leaning toward a return to the private sector.

If Crist opted to stay in politics, he could mount a challenge to veteran lawmaker Rep. Bill Young (R), who has served in the House since 1970. Young represents Pinellas County, Crist’s home base; the governor won the county narrowly over Rubio on Tuesday.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: attentionwhore; butimreallynotgay; crist; goodriddance; orangetan; seeya; uberrino
Just go away and work on that tan, Charlie.
1 posted on 11/06/2010 4:44:30 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

lol


2 posted on 11/06/2010 4:45:56 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: markomalley

now he’s got more time to admire himself


3 posted on 11/06/2010 4:49:13 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: markomalley

Charlie, do you what that feeling you got was the door hitting you in the ass. Good by and stay away.


4 posted on 11/06/2010 4:49:53 AM PDT by fedupjohn ("They act like permanent residents of a unicorn ranch in fantasy land"....Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: markomalley

Charlie Crist is the kind of politician people have come to despise. He’s slippery as an eel and as convincing as a used car salesman.

The RINOs would have loved him but he would have been a disaster for FL and the Republican Party.


5 posted on 11/06/2010 4:52:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: markomalley

Charlie is the worst of the worst......a bitter vitriolic loser.

His place in history will be foot note 456: Loser of Senate race


6 posted on 11/06/2010 4:53:24 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: markomalley

7 posted on 11/06/2010 4:54:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

He called Rubio a right wing radical. Obviously, that didn’t work here. lol! Florida sees Crist for the self serving politician he is. Everyone I talk to is disgusted with him here.


8 posted on 11/06/2010 5:04:45 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Tally-ho!)
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To: markomalley
He's burned all his bridges and sunk all his ships. I'm so happy he's feeling serene and fulfilled now that he has nothing left to betray. Orange you?

Then again, he may still have a few friends and family members he hasn't alienated yet. And I don't envy the prospects of anyone to whom he owes money or with whom he shares a business interest or from whom he's borrowed a book or a power tool.

9 posted on 11/06/2010 5:08:52 AM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

If I wanted a Liberal/Socialist I’d have voted for one that wasn’t stealth
Charlie was a stealth Lib/Prog who didn’t want to admit his true aspirations

Sorry Charlie... we don’t want you


10 posted on 11/06/2010 5:09:31 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o).. Sorry Charlie... we don't want you .. (o)
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To: markomalley

Who knows? He may even make an Independent run in 2012 to become the first Orange President of the United States.


11 posted on 11/06/2010 5:17:46 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: markomalley

The only regrets that I have is that Republicans ever nominated him for any position in the first place. With office holders like that, who needs enemies?


12 posted on 11/06/2010 5:35:31 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Let’s see, Nelson comes up for reelection in 2012...maybe Crist can become a dummocrat and challenge him in the primary, that would be a hoot.


13 posted on 11/06/2010 5:38:08 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: markomalley

Now he can dump his wife and go back to trolling the bars at Key West.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.


14 posted on 11/06/2010 5:41:17 AM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Carley

Charlie, don’t go away mad, just go away...


15 posted on 11/06/2010 5:57:18 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -20 today all the way to Nov 2nd)
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To: markomalley

Charlie Crist is the reason we got McCain as a presidential candidate in 2008. I’m glad to see him gone. Too bad we still have McCain.


16 posted on 11/06/2010 6:04:16 AM PDT by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: markomalley

Crist say’s he hasn’t decided yet on his future, when actually he has.

He has already decided to end his political future, He lost any trust anyone had for him and without trust your future is decided.

Up yours Charlie.


17 posted on 11/06/2010 6:07:29 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: markomalley
Sorry Charlie
18 posted on 11/06/2010 6:17:35 AM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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To: bert

Another RHINO leaves the herd. Bye Bye Charlie.


19 posted on 11/06/2010 6:17:39 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2
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To: markomalley
The unremarked-upon truth about the result of that race is that white liberal democrats decided to NOT support their own democrat candidate (a black guy) but did support a former Republican running as an independent candidate (a white guy).

When given an opportunity to back up their words of tolerance and equality, the party of the KKK went home.

20 posted on 11/06/2010 6:33:13 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: markomalley

I doubt the beard will be satisfied with Charlie being just a state rep.


21 posted on 11/06/2010 6:39:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012)
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To: markomalley

My only regret is that we did not kick him out.


22 posted on 11/06/2010 6:39:46 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: markomalley

Good riddance, con-man. Now you are truly “independent”. Separation of elected representatives and deceitful con-men. Great job Floridians! WOOOOHOOOOO!


23 posted on 11/06/2010 6:41:01 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: markomalley
Crist: No regrets on quitting GOP (We don't mind you quitting either, Charlie)

Da feelin' iz mootchal!

24 posted on 11/06/2010 7:11:13 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Go Packers!)
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To: markomalley
I just wish Crist would go back to where he came from and leave us all alone.


25 posted on 11/06/2010 7:21:33 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: bert

Charlie is the worst of the worst......a bitter vitriolic loser.’

Maybe he can go to Alaska & help Lisa count votes....the ones she didn’t get.


26 posted on 11/06/2010 9:58:34 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: markomalley

Crist isn’t a Republican or a Democrat. He belongs to the Crist Party whose only campaign platform is to promote Charlie Crist as a career politician on the public teat.

Sorry, Charlie, we don’t buy dead fish that smell like a stinking mackrell in the moonlight.


27 posted on 11/06/2010 10:00:48 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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