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  • Charlie Crist opening his campaign's first field office in Broward

    04/12/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/11/14 | Anthony Man
    Showing just how important a strong Democratic showing in Broward County is to Charlie Crist’s hope of returning to the Governor’s Mansion, the first field office for his campaign is set for Planation. The campaign plans to dedicate the office next week. What’s being described as the South Florida headquarters will be located at 320 South University Drive, Plantation. The grand opening is at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The only other Crist office so far is the state headquarters in St. Petersburg. Broward, which has more registered Democrats than any other Florida county is critical for the party’s hopes to win...
  • Charlie Crist: God Bless’ Obama for Obamacare

    03/10/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2014 | Alec Torres
    Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat running to reclaim the governorship of Florida, said that he doesn’t think the Affordable Care Act has “irreparably harmed” Floridians, and, in fact, “I think it’s been great.” Crist called health care a “civil right,” saying, “People need to have shelter, they need food, they need water, they need health care, and they deserve it.” When CNN’s Candy Crowley asked him about those who have undoubtedly lost their health care because of Obamacare, Crist said that’s “exactly why we have the Affordable Care Act. Exactly why is to make sure that they don’t lose it in...
  • Charlie Crist: God Bless Barack Obama!

    03/09/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/9/2014 | Dan Riehl
    Former Republican Florida Governor and now Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist, didn't simply grovel and beg to be seen as a bone fide Democrat today on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley, he all but swore a blood oath to Barack Obama as his new lord and savior. In Crist's words, Obama is "a smart guy whose doing the right thing" with ObamaCare. The former republican even goes so far as to suggest other Democrats need to buck up and support an increasing,ly unpopular Obama.
  • Crist: ObamaCare has been ‘great’

    03/09/2014 11:53:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2014 | Keith Laing
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Sunday that President Obama’s controversial healthcare law has been “great” for residents of his state. Crist has sharply criticized the healthcare law in the past. But the former Republican governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential short-lister is running for his old post this year as a Democrat this year. Crist said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would have no problem running on the healthcare bill, which is known colloquially as ObamaCare, as he seeks to regain his former office. “I don’t think so at all,” Crist said when...
  • Crist: GOP Career Ended When I Hugged ‘Not Just a Democrat, [But] an African American’

    02/18/2014 7:39:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 17, 2014 - 3:21 PM | Barbara Boland
    Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida (now running for the position as a Democrat), was asked on “The Colbert Report” about his 2009 hug with President Barack Obama and Crist said the blowback he received for the hug was due to Obama being “not just a Democrat, [but] an African-American.” Crist appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” to discuss his book, “The Party’s Over.” As the summary on Comedy Central states, Crist was there to explain “how the rise of the Tea Party drove him to become a Democrat.” …
  • Ponzi schemer Rothstein: Wooing politicians, including Crist [and McCain], key to success of fraud

    02/05/2014 11:53:59 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | February 5, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH — Wooing politicians like Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. John McCain was a key to the success of his $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, convicted fraudster Scott Rothstein testified Wednesday in federal court.In a wide-ranging discussion of how he built the scheme and how it imploded in October 2009 that came during his testimony in the trial of lawyer Christina Kitterman, Rothstein was both confident and contrite.
  • Charlie Crist befuddled on why Sarah Palin wouldn’t pay more attention to him in ’08

    01/30/2014 10:02:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 30, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    TheBlaze Blog got around to reading some of Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s memoir, co-written by his lookalike Ellis Henican, and it can mostly be summed up as 340 pages of why Crist renounced the Republican Party and should now be elected as the next Democratic governor of the Sunshine State. The book recounts the cute moment Crist told Obama adviser Valerie Jarett he was going to register as a Democrat (he was formerly a Republican-turned independent) during a White House tour. And the first line of the final chapter begins, “I am convinced of it: The Democratic Party is...
  • Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott

    01/27/2014 12:46:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | By William March |
    TAMPA -- Some Florida Republicans fear, and some Democrats hope, that a November referendum on legalizing medical marijuana in Florida will drive young and liberal voters to the polls, helping Democratic candidates including gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist. The initiative, still not certified for the November ballot, is generating charges of political motives from both sides. Some Republicans call it an expensive ploy by Crist's backers to help him win. "It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana," said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. "It's a plan." Some Democrats, meanwhile, say...
  • Charlie Crist’s message to Democrats: I’m just like Barack Obama

    01/22/2014 1:28:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | January 22, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    In early 2009, President Obama arrived in Florida to tout his stimulus plan. But it was a hug that stole the show.Then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist's embrace of the president became a kiss of death for his Senate bid. Nearly five years later, Crist is hugging Obama again — in a different way. Now a Democrat running for his old job, Crist has assembled a campaign roster chock full of former Obama hands. His apparent wager: 1) Some of Obama's success in the the perennial swing state (he won it twice) can be replicated this fall and 2) Advertising a team...
  • Crist to speak for Dems at Gridiron [squares off with Ted Cruz]

    01/14/2014 8:46:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2014 | Emily Goodin
    Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist will be the Democratic speaker at Washington's famed Gridiron dinner. He will face off against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) at the March event. Gridiron president Clark Hoyt of Bloomberg announced the selection in an email to members on Tuesday. "I'm delighted to announce that former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will be the Democratic speaker at the 2014 Gridiron Spring Dinner on Saturday, March 8. Crist will square off against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz representing the Republicans," Hoyt wrote in an email obtained by The Hill. Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, is running for his...
  • Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist Apologizes for Backing State's Ban on Gay Marriage

    01/03/2014 6:46:18 PM PST · by massmike · 36 replies ^ | 01/03/2014 | KATHERINE WEBER
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently issued an apology for backing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2008. Crist said in a recent interview with the Orlando-based LGBT publication Watermark Online that he regrets backing Florida's constitutional Amendment 2, which was approved by nearly 62 percent of voters in 2008 and defines marriage as being exclusively for one man and one woman. "I'm sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me," Crist told the publication. "I made a mistake. I'm not perfect … That's the journey I'm on … and I'm still...
  • Poll: Obama Sinking Dems in Swing State Florida

    11/26/2013 1:26:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    A new Quinnipiac poll of Florida finds a majority of voters in the state view President Obama as untrustworthy. Just 44% believe Obama is honest. This view is a major factor in the collapse of Obama's approval rating in the state, where just 40% of voters approve of the job he is doing. This poll drop isn't just confined to Obama, however. The poll found a significant trend towards Republicans and steep drops in approval ratings for Democrats up and down the ballot. Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democrat nomination for Governor next year, saw his favorable...
  • Hillary Clinton-Charlie Crist Ticket in 2016?

    11/23/2013 3:41:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | November 23, 2013 | Jeff Henderson
    Charlie Crist could be playing for high stakes beyond Tallahassee come 2014 as he could end up on Hillary Clinton’s short list in 2016. Back when he was a Republican, Crist looked to play at the national level. Long before he was governor, Crist was running for the U.S. Senate against Bob Graham. Instead of running for a second term as governor, which would have been a slam dunk, Crist once again looked to move to the Senate. Back in 2008, after helping deliver the Florida primary to John McCain, Crist looked to join the Republican ticket as his running...
  • Charlie Crist Says He Would Raise Taxes If Elected Governor

    11/20/2013 2:05:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 11/19/13 | Javier Manjarres
    Former Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist, interviewed with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz this week and stated that he would raise taxes, if he was elected Governor of Florida in 2014. Here is the exchange between Ed Schultz and the one-time “I am pro-life, I’m pro-gun, I’m pro-family and I’m anti-tax” Charlie Crist. Schultz: What do you think about Florida’s finances, and what do you expect out of the wealthiest residents? Crist: I think we both have to expect more of each other. I don’t like to raise taxes. I don’t think that anyone really enjoys the idea of doing that, I did...
  • Ex-GOP Florida Governor Crist to Run for Job as Democrat

    11/01/2013 4:50:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies ^ | November 1,2013 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Former Republican governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist filed paperwork Friday to run for his old job with his new party, a move that will turn the race into one of the most watched in the nation. Crist is now the front-runner to represent Democrats against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most unpopular chief executives in the country. Scott, though, will be well-financed and is expected to spend as much as $25 million in attack ads against Crist. For Crist, he is hoping to revive a political career that seemingly crashed when he left the GOP and lost an...
  • Bill Young’s wife warns Charlie Crist: Stay away

    10/22/2013 7:08:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 22, 2013 | Alex Isenstadt
    Watch out, Charlie Crist. Beverly Young has sent a letter to the former Florida governor telling him not to attend Thursday’s funeral service for her late husband, GOP Rep. Bill Young, according to the Tampa Bay Times. According to the paper, Young’s widow wrote in the message: “This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband’s memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don’t want my husband’s memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate...
  • Rep. Young's widow asks Crist to stay away from funeral

    10/22/2013 10:02:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Bill Young’s (R-Fla.) widow asked former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to not attend her husband’s funeral. Beverly Young made her request in an email sent Monday to Crist — a Republican turned independent turned Democrat — who is considering another run for office. The email was obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. “This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable,” she said in the email. “I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorial service...
  • Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist is writing book critical of GOP (pfft)

    07/10/2013 11:06:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2013 1:07 PM EDT
    Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who switched from the Republican Party to Democrat, is working on a book that strongly criticizes the GOP’s conservative policies. Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday it had acquired Crist’s “The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I became a Democrat.” The book is scheduled to be published in early 2014. …
  • Gov. Rick Scott gains ground in new statewide poll, but still trails former Gov. Charlie Crist

    06/18/2013 3:21:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/18/13 | Steve Bousquet
    Gov. Rick Scott is more popular, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University, but 50 percent of voters say he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected and that he would lose handily to former Gov. Charlie Crist if the 2014 election were today. Scott’s standing with the public has been so persistently grim that any improvement looks like a breakthrough. His approval rating cracked 40 percent for the first time in the latest poll — 43 percent of voters approve of his handling of his job, 44 percent disapprove.
  • Cruz and Rubio: A tale of two Republicans

    06/18/2013 6:45:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Times Cold, Hard Truth Blog ^ | June 18, 2013 | Judson Phillips
    Two Republicans came to Washington as United States Senators. Both were immediately haled as being the future of the Party. Both were young, charismatic and claimed they were devoted to the conservative cause. Both have been talked about as potential Presidential candidates. The problem is, only one of them is a conservative. One is Ted Cruz and the other is Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz burst on to the scene last year in Texas, defeating a RINO Establishment candidate. He has quickly become a superstar. He has stood steadfastly against Amnesty. Yesterday, after the Supreme Court ruled that states could not...
  • Charlie Crist Accepted Political Donations from Reported Swindler Gerhauser

    06/15/2013 4:39:12 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 7 replies ^ | 08/11/2009 | NA
    William Gerhauser Contribution List in 2010 Name & Location Employer/Occupation Dollar Amount Date Primary/ General Contibuted To GERHAUSER, WILLIAM MIAMI, FL 33133 BESPOKE ADVISORY SVCS. LLC/MANAGEME $2,400 08/11/2009 G CHARLIE CRIST FOR US SENATE - None GERHAUSER, WILLIAM MIAMI, FL 33133 BESPOKE ADVISORY SVCS. LLC/MANAGEME $2,400 08/11/2009 P CHARLIE CRIST FOR US SENATE - None
  • Democratic voters won’t swallow the Crist crap sandwich

    06/04/2013 11:02:57 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 19 replies ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jack Furnari
    If Charlie Crist runs for governor as a Democrat, he’s going to lose. He’ll either get rubbed out in the Democratic primary, or he’ll lose to Gov. Rick Scott in the general. If Crist runs for governor, rank-and-file Democratic voters will never again trust the party leaders who support Crist. Terence McCoy, of the alternative New Times Broward-Palm Beach, made some excellent points in Five Reasons Charlie Crist Will Not Run For Governor, which I urge everyone to read. McCoy thinks Crist won’t run, but every Democratic leader I know who’s been talking to Crist says he will, and they’re...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Charlie Crist: I support gay marriage

    05/09/2013 11:07:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 8, 2013 | Adam C. Smith
    Potential/likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is taking some heat for having backed a Florida gay marriage ban during his 2006 Republican primary for governor. Tonight he posted the following on Facebook: Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here. Seems to us he still has some explaining to do about his position. Was it...
  • Former State GOP Chairman Jim Greer Pleads Guilty to Theft, Money Laundering

    02/11/2013 4:07:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/11/2013
    Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday morning to four charges of grand theft, avoiding trial in a case that could have potentially embarrassed former Gov. Charlie Crist and much of the state’s Republican elite.After two weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, former GOP party chairman Jim Greer walked into court Monday morning and pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges that could put him behind bars for 3 and 1/2 years. Greer responded “guilty your honor’’ to charges he stole and laundered GOP campaign contributions through a company he created, Victory Strategies. He declined to talk with a...
  • Did Charlie Crist once date Jill Kelley's sister? 'Didn't happen,' he says

    11/14/2012 7:53:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph of London, citing an unnamed Republican source, reports it has learned Jill Kelley's financially-challenged twin sister, Natalie Khawam, once dated former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Reached by phone, Crist said: "Consider the source." "Didn't happen," he said. "I may have met her." Crist said he met Jill Kelley and her husband Scott, and retired Gen. David Petreaus and wife Holly for a dinner at Bern's Steak House. He said Jill Kelley had arranged the dinner. Asked what he thought of Jill Kelley, Crist said: "I think she's a delightful person."
  • Obama's Bear-Hug Pizza Guy Hugs Charlie Crist (D-Green Iguana)

    09/13/2012 11:33:49 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    Broward Palm Beach New Times ^ | September 13, 2012 | Chris Joseph
    While at a Patrick Murphy fundraiser yesterday, Charlie Crist was asked about Scott Van Duzer's bear-hugging President Obama. And Crist expressed a strong desire to meet the man. "You know what?" Crist responded. "I wanted to stop by the guy's... Where is his place?" Crist, whose ousting from the Republican Party started with his hugging Obama in 2009, thinks he's been replaced as Florida's Bestest Hugger of the President and showed up at the pizza shop and told Van Duzer, "You know what I'm here for," and O MY GAAHH this is not going to help all the gay...
  • Poll of 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial primary: Charlie Crist 61%, Alex Sink 25%

    09/10/2012 9:10:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    StPetersBlog ^ | 09/10/2012
    The first Florida-based poll conducted since the close of the Democratic National Convention shows former governor Charlie Crist lapping the prospective field of Democratic candidates eyeing the 2014 gubernatorial race.Crist is the top choice of 61% of likely Democratic voters, followed by former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink with 25% support. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer comes in at 7%, state Senator Nan Rich at 3.5% and Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith at 3.4%.Sen. Rich is the only candidate officially running for governor. Dyer and Sink have said they will make a decision about whether to run after the presidential...
  • How a RINO's Bread Get's Buttered

    08/27/2012 4:13:41 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-27-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Charlie Crist is technically an independent now, but that doesn't change his RINO status...
  • Guess who’s coming to Charlotte?

    08/27/2012 1:17:16 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2012 | ED Morrissey
    Republicans will have former Rep. Artur Davis speaking at their national convention this week — the man who served as Barack Obama’s national co-chair in 2008 and seconded his nomination at the Democratic convention that year. Democrats now have their answer, a prominent former Republican officeholder who will speak at the Democratic convention in Charlotte next week: Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. An official with President Barack Obama’s campaign said Sunday that Crist will speak at next week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., but the day hasn’t been worked out. Actually,...
  • Former Fla. GOP Gov. Charlie Crist to speak at DNC

    08/27/2012 1:36:54 AM PDT · by I still care · 40 replies
    Bay News 9 (Tampa Bay) ^ | 8/27/2012 | AP via Bay News 9
    Florida's former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. An official with President Barack Obama's campaign said Sunday that Crist will speak at next week's convention in Charlotte, N.C., but the day hasn't been worked out.
  • Fmr. Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses Obama

    08/26/2012 6:43:57 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 26th, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed President Barack Obama in an op-ed in The Tampa Bay Times on Sunday. Touting the president for serving as the “nation’s calm,” Crist, now a registered independent, decried the GOP’s shift to the “extreme right.” POLITICO noted that while the move isn’t a shock, the interesting aspect is related to “ongoing rumors about Crist running for governor again, only as a Democrat.” While he doesn’t make any mention of a run in the op-ed, ” if Obama wins Florida, this would be a handy thing for Crist, whose original consulting team is with Romney,...
  • Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here's why I'm backing Barack Obama

    08/26/2012 1:44:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 98 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 26 2012 | Charlie Crist
    I’ve studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I've watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I've seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes. As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I'm confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future...
  • Crist to back Democrat Nelson in Florida

    08/01/2012 12:12:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Via the Tampa Bay Times, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist - widely seen as a potential future candidate for the job, only as a Democrat - is backing Sen. Bill Nelson in his Florida Senate race. Crist will attend a fundraiser with Bill Clinton - who famously tried to get Kendrick Meek to bow out of the three-way U.S. Senate race in 2010 so Crist could win, and caucus with Democrats. It's not exactly hard to see Crist making it formal at some point, if he does run
  • Report: Florida Governor Charlie Crist paid to hide gay affairs

    06/08/2012 6:58:43 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 32 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | June 8, 2012 | Larry Clifton
    Tallahassee - Rumors that former Florida governor Charlie Crist is gay have been around for years, but new allegations have surfaced that he had affairs with two men and paid them to leave the state to avoid embarrassment. The allegations are made in Discovery documents related to Jim Greer's case involving alleged illegal use of Republican Party funds, according to a 10 News WTSP report. Damon Chase, attorney for Greer, who is set to go to trial on July 30 for allegedly paying himself to raise money for the Republican Party of Florida, says Crist is homosexual and once tried...
  • A Nobody With No Audience Gets Noticed by Mitch McConnell

    04/26/2012 4:34:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/26/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday on Laura IngrahamÂ’s radio show, she asked Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell about a recent Roll Call article that framed me as one of the loud leaders of conservatives opposed to Mitch McConnell. The Senator from Kentucky responded that he had never heard of me and I did not have an audience. That sounds a bit like the child, when asked if he ate the cookie, replying that he had not and besides it did not taste good. If heÂ’d never heard of me, how can he comment on my audience? If he states plainly I have no audience,...
  • George LeMieux needs to denounce Charlie Crist, or quit

    02/04/2012 7:09:06 AM PST · by Jacvin · 18 replies ^ | 2/4/2012 | Jack Furnari
    George LeMieux has two big problems to overcome in his campaign to become the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. One is Connie Mack, and the other is Charlie Crist. LeMieux has taken a lot of heat in this race because he was Crist's strategist and helped guide him into the governor's office. That is a legitimate concern for conservatives, but I don't put a lot of stock in that criticism because, as a former political consultant, I know it's incredibly rare for a consultant to agree with his client about everything. The relationship, no matter how close, is fraught...
  • Jeb to Newt: Stop the ‘Ridiculous’ Crist Talk

    01/27/2012 8:28:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | January 27, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Jacksonville, Fla. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush tells National Review Online that Newt Gingrich should stop insinuating that Mitt Romney aides, due to their past work for Charlie Crist, are part of a moderate GOP conspiracy. Earlier this week, for example, Gingrich told supporters that Romney hired Crist staffers, and emphasized the significance of this fact. “We discovered last night that Mitt Romney has picked up Charlie Crist’s campaign manager,” Gingrich said. “I thought that told you everything you need to know about this primary.” “That’s not a serious accusation,” Bush says. “Candidates win elections. I’m not a big Charlie...
  • Bill McCollum: Crist Ties Hurting Romney

    01/24/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 2+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 24, 2012 | Andrew Henry
    Popular former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is predicting that the makeup of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s inner circle of advisers, which includes several strategists who ran former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s ill-fated Senate campaign against conservative standard-bearer Marco Rubio, will hurt Romney’s image with Florida voters. In an exclusive Newsmax interview Monday evening, McCollum said Sunshine State voters “will not be favorably inclined to that, because most Republican primary voters in Florida know that Charlie Crist flopped on them. He went over to the Democrats’ side … it just wasn’t the same Charlie Crist they thought they’d elected.”...
  • Breaking: Romney Campaign Run by Charlie Crist's Political Aides

    01/24/2012 8:24:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/23/12 | Andrew Henry
    As Mitt Romney puts the South Carolina primary in his rear-view mirror and hits the accelerator in a bid to win Florida, he may discover himself crashing headlong into the bitter legacy of Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who defected from the GOP and was soundly defeated for the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio. Romney’s “Charlie Crist” problem is this: Romney’s chief campaign strategist and several of his most senior campaign staff were Crist’s top political advisers — the same ones who crafted Crist’s moderate, ignore-the-tea-party strategy epitomized in Crist’s famous “hug” of President Barack Obama. That strategy led...
  • Romney Campaign Run by Charlie Crist’s Political Aides

    01/23/2012 1:25:44 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 23, 2012 | Andrew Henry
    As Mitt Romney puts the South Carolina primary in his rear-view mirror and hits the accelerator in a bid to win Florida, he may discover himself crashing headlong into the bitter legacy of Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who defected from the GOP and was soundly defeated for the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio. Romney’s “Charlie Crist” problem is this: Romney’s chief campaign strategist and several of his most senior campaign staff were Crist’s top political advisers — the same ones who crafted Crist’s moderate, ignore-the-tea-party strategy epitomized in Crist’s famous “hug” of President Barack Obama. That strategy led...
  • From Marco Rubio to Herman Cain: How the Crist Factor Hurt Perry in Florida

    09/25/2011 6:07:41 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 16 replies
    The other McCain ^ | Sunday September 25, 2011 | John Stacy McCacin
    Sarah Rumpf helped facilitate Florida state Rep. Scott Plakon’s endorsement of Herman Cain, which in turn helped Cain score his crushing upset of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Saturday’s Orlando “Presidency5″ straw poll. Today, I spoke at length with “Sunshine State Sarah” to get the backstory of that endorsement, and she pointed out a little-noticed aspect of Perry’s humiliating defeat. “Perry hired a lot of the Charlie Crist people,” she said, referring to former aides to the permatanned ex-RINO governor who got crushed in last year’s Tea Party uprising that sent Marco Rubio to the Senate. Among the Perry campaign’s...
  • The Fla Insider poll: Charlie Crist running for governor?

    08/09/2011 4:46:00 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    TampaBay.Com ^ | August 8, 2011
    Crazy as it may sound, many of the savviest political minds in Florida think Charlie Crist will run for governor in 2014. Yep, Charlie Crist, the fellow who walked away from the governorship in 2010 only to see his political prospects implode. Remember, this is Florida politics, where anything can happen. The St. Petersburg Times' latest Insider Poll surveyed 98 people immersed in Florida politics - consultants, lobbyists, fundraisers, activists -  and 49 percent predicted Crist would run, including 56 percent of the Democratic insider and 45 percent of the Republicans. No, it's not a majority, but it's nonetheless astounding...
  • Will Obama ditch Biden for... Charlie Crist?

    01/05/2011 2:48:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Week ^ | January 4, 2011 | Various pundits
    2011 is just a few days old and the 2012 election rumor mill has already kicked into high gear. Beyond the usual speculation surrounding Sarah Palin, Beltway gossips have been talking up Jon Huntsman, President Obama's ambassador to China, as his strongest potential GOP rival next year. But the Obama ticket itself isn't immune from the scuttlebutt: A Florida blogger is predicting Obama will ditch his current vice president, Joe Biden, for outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent. Is this worth taking seriously? Short answer — No: The notion that a president will switch his vice president midstream is...
  • “No Labels” Group Meets … Or Why I Would Prefer You Not Call Me A Lefty

    12/14/2010 3:21:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 14,2010 | Jim Vicevich
    If only this were a coalition of the left and the right working out differences. But alas, it’s just a coalition of mostly liberal politicians who used to label themselves by a political party and now would rather fly stealth. Sigh. If you are not familiar with “No Lables”, no worries, it’s brand new and they certainly deserve a Hat Tip for brevity. Here’s their declaration: We are not labels – we are people. We care deeply about our country. We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics. We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges. We are Democrats,...
  • Sen. Collins says Kirk wants to join centrist 'mod squad' (that's because Mark Kirk is a DIABLO)

    11/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
  • Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may consider clearing name of Doors front man.

    11/08/2010 11:20:15 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 27 replies
    Rocker Jim Morrison Could Join List of Infamous Musical Pardons Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may consider clearing name of Doors front man. By Ben Terris Monday, November 8, 2010 | 1:56 p.m. County Public Safety Department The Doors frontman posed for this 1970 mugshot after being charged with indecent exposure at a Miami concert the year before. Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may soon be part of a great tradition in the exercise of executive power: pardoning rock stars. Crist told The Hill that he was considering a posthumous pardon for Doors front man Jim Morrison, who was charged...
  • Florida Legislature Won’t Override Crist Veto of Pro-Life Bill

    11/04/2010 4:07:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/4/10 | Steven Ertelt
    The Florida legislature will not likely consider holding a vote this month to potentially override the veto from Governor Charlie Crist of a pro-life bill.Crist vetoed a measure that would allow the state to opt out of the abortion funding under the ObamaCare bill and would allow women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to an abortion.Abortion centers routinely perform ultrasounds before abortions and the bill would give women the opportunity to view it, as such centers don’t normally provide it — even though they include the cost in the price of the abortion.Senate...
  • Charlie Crist Concedes Defeat in Florida Senate Race – Video

    11/03/2010 5:40:41 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 24 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 3, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist conceding defeat in the U.S. Senate race there to Republican Marco Rubio. Crist lost by a wide margin, after deciding to run as an Independent because he could not defeat Rubio in the GOP Primary. I don’t think I have seen a politician act in the course of a year more shamelessly than Charlie Crist has this year. He has alienated both Republicans and Democrats with his one obvious priority – himself. In the end, he lost a whole lot more than the U.S. Senate seat
  • Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell Will Win! (And Other Election Predictions)

    11/01/2010 11:23:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 2, 2010 | Meghan McCain
    Today’s election will be as full of surprises as the whole campaign season. Meghan McCain gives her surprising predictions—and says Obama and the country gets what it deserves. The whole country is waiting, ironically enough, for the change that will be coming in today’s election. Extreme change, in a drastically different direction that what just two short years ago Obama was voted into office to bring. This change, depending on how big a win Republicans have tomorrow, is a direct result and slap in the face to all Democrats still thinking that the Obama administration could continue on as they...