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  • Democrat Charlie Crist turns to South Florida for a running mate [Chairwoman of Miami Rats]

    07/17/2014 8:44:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist turned to voter-rich South Florida Thursday to tap a running mate. Crist's campaign announced he had picked Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American and chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, to be his lieutenant governor nominee -- provided he wins the primary
  • Sources: Crist To Name Running Mate

    07/17/2014 8:49:09 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 12 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 7/17/2014 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will announce his running mate Thursday, according to sources. A Democratic sources close to the campaign said Crist will select Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate in his bid for Governor. Taddeo-Goldstein is the head of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and lost in a congressional bid in 2008 against Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Crist’s campaign has said he would make a major announcement but did not specify what it would be. He is scheduled to make the announcement at The LAB Miami located at 400 NW 26th Street.
  • EXCLUSIVE — Charlie Crist’s Mysterious Nigerian Connection Drops $100K in Florida Governor Campaign!

    07/17/2014 8:25:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 7/16/14 | Jose Lambiet
    A mysterious Nigerian businessman whose empire is under scrutiny for its ties to a jailed, corrupt African politician has emerged as one of Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist‘s biggest campaign donors, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively. Onajite Okoloko, an oil executive turned fertilizer manufacturer with a sprawling property in Boca Raton, has donated $100,000 to Democrat Crist’s campaign so far this year, according to state campaign records.
  • Breaking: Uncovered – Charlie Crist Signature On Sale Of Miami Property Never Before Reported

    07/16/2014 9:02:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    rpof.org ^ | 7/15/14
    TALLAHASSEE – RPOF Chairman Leslie Dougher today released the attached Deed document and asked the following questions of Charlie Crist: Chairman Dougher said, “We have found a document showing that Charlie Crist was part of the sale of a home with Carole Crist in Fisher Island. This document raises some serious questions for Charlie: ·      Why was this home never reported before on Charlie Crist’s financial disclosure paperwork? ·      Why was the sale of this home never reported on his income taxes? ·      Was Charlie part owner of this home to help establish a homestead exemption in Florida? “The people of Florida deserve answers...
  • Crist says state should review gun laws

    07/13/2014 4:07:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    AP ^ | July 13, 2014 | MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    On Thursday, Crist recalled the acquittal of George Zimmerman without using his name, saying "the instigator of an event has no punishment for taking a life. There's something wrong with that."
  • Crist's Name Removed from Daytona Race Car

    07/05/2014 4:40:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Jul 5, 2014
    Crist's name was going to appear on Josh Wise's No. 98 car, but the decals were removed Friday because of a complaint by the Republican Party of Florida alleging that the sponsorship violated campaign finance laws.Decals bearing the name of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist have been removed from a car competing in the Coke Zero 400 after Florida Republican officials complained. Crist's name was going to appear on Josh Wise's No. 98 car, but the decals were removed Friday because of a complaint by the Republican Party of Florida alleging that the sponsorship violated campaign finance laws, according to...
  • EXCLUSIVE — Charlie Crist Disinvited From Bill Clinton Party by Hillary!

    06/27/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 5/8/14 | Jose Lambiet
    Candidate for governor Charlie Crist was disinvited from a high-profile fundraiser starring former President Bill Clinton in Miami Beach Tuesday evening after Crist’s Democratic primary opponent Nan Rich ran into Hillary Clinton in Washington, Gossip Extra has learned. The $25,000-party at the Palm Island home of Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan was officially a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association, an organization that supports Crist.
  • EXCLUSIVE — Higher Office: Charlie Crist, Wife Busy Hawking Sexy Costumes!

    06/27/2014 4:08:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 6/26/14 | Jose Lambiet
    Ex-Governor Charlie Crist and his wife Carole are involved in not just one but two big projects, Gossip Extra has learned. There’s of course Charlie’s run for a second shot at the governor’s gig, as a Democrat this time. Second, there’s Goddessey — a highly unlikely business for a dweller of the governor’s mansion.... Earlier this year, Charlie flew with Carole to Texas to help her hawk her wares at a giant costume convention there — and Carole actually published photos of Charlie pressing the flesh at the convention on Goddessey’s Facebook page. Distraction? “Not at all,” Charlie told Gossip...
  • Jim Greer book 'The Chairman' takes aim at Charlie Crist, tea party

    06/21/2014 1:57:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Steve Bousquet
    TALLAHASSEE — Jim Greer found a way to get even with Charlie Crist, but the question is how many people will believe it — or pay $32.95 to read about it. The disgraced and imprisoned former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is the subject of a new book by St. Petersburg author Peter Golenbock. The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer is largely a 400-page rant by Greer, who went to prison more than a year ago after pleading guilty to stealing party money. Now at a halfway house in Orlando, he's due to be released...
  • Florida’s Largest Gay Rights Group Endorses Crist

    06/13/2014 5:09:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 6/12/14
    Charlie Crist has been endorsed by Florida’s largest gay rights group in his run for Governor.... Equality Florida officials made the announcement at a visitors center for gays and lesbians in Miami Beach, citing Crist’s current support for same-sex marriage and ongoing legal efforts to overturn the state’s ban on the unions.
  • CNN panel wonders just how long Shinseki will last as Crist calls for resignation

    05/23/2014 2:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 23, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Could Eric Shinseki be out at the VA as early as today, perhaps in time for a Friday-afternoon news dump on a long weekend meant to honor those who died in military service? A CNN panel hosted by John King certainly thinks it’s a possibility. King wonders how this “fight in the family” will impact Democratic turnout in the midterms, exemplified from calls by Democrats running in November for his ouster — now including Charlie Crist in Florida:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Noah Rothman noted the exchange as well: CNN anchor John King began by noting that both Republicans and Democrats are coming out and...
  • Forget the White House: Marco Rubio might be lucky just to get reelected

    05/19/2014 7:02:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Myra Adams
    So things don’t look so encouraging for Rubio. But he may not be seriously eyeing a White House run anyway: A high-ranking GOP party official who asked that his name be withheld told me on Monday that Jeb Bush’s people have just met with Rubio’s people and a 2016 deal was struck. If Jeb runs for president then Rubio would drop out—and “Jeb is running,” according to my well-placed source. (Alert the media!)… Rubio knows his race will be tough since 2016 is the first time he would face a traditional two-person Senate battle. (His 2010 election was a quirky...
  • John Morgan: the bombastic, omnipresent lawyer fueling Florida's 2014 election

    05/14/2014 11:39:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay News ^ | 29 Nov 2013 | Adam C. Smith
    ~snip~ Insecurity runs deep, even for a bombastic multimillionaire who leads the country's largest personal injury law firm, has hosted President Barack Obama at his 18,000-square-foot mansion and is poised to be the most important man in Florida politics this election cycle other than Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Morgan, 57, is leading a high-profile ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Florida for medical use, and he's a key adviser to former Republican Gov. Crist's unprecedented campaign to win back the Governor's Mansion as a Democrat. Some wealthy middle-aged businessmen bag trophy wives; Morgan goes for trophy lawyers, and Crist...
  • Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama (He likes both Hillary and Jeb Bush)

    05/07/2014 7:30:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fusion ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jordan Fabian and Jorge Ramos
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Tuesday that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP were hostile to President Obama due to his race. Crist, who is running for his old office against Gov. Rick Scott (R), said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that he felt uncomfortable with his previous party affiliation. Republicans are perceived as “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay,” he said, and they refuse to compromise with Obama. The ex-governor said he feels, “liberated as a Democrat.” “I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs,...
  • Crist Gives Full Support To Affordable Care Act

    04/23/2014 2:13:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 4/22/14
    Former Governor Charlie Crist went where few Democrats dare, a full endorsement of Obamacare Democratic gubernatorial candidate is doing something with his campaign that almost no other Democrat in America is willing to do: give a full-throated endorsement of the Affordable Care Act. Crist made an appearance at the Capital Tiger Bay Club and repeatedly called the ACA “great” during his lunch speech. Crist also took aim at attack ads against him being run by a political action committee backing Republican Governor Rick Scott.
  • 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...
  • Politico: Ted Cruz 'Crushed' Gridiron Speech, Even Impressed Democrats

    03/10/2014 4:33:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 3-9-2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wowed the beltway elite and even Democrats during Saturday's annual Gridiron event, showing why the Ivy Leaguer has confounded and been vilified by many with whom he shares the same intellectual pedigree. The annual D.C. roast is hosted by the exclusive Gridiron Club, which is composed of D.C.'s mainstream and "elite" journalists. Cruz has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, which those in the permanent political class covet, and he can do their social rituals better than they can. Yet Cruz refuses to be co-opted by them politically, instead choosing to be a staunch conservative who represents...
  • 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...
  • Florida Republicans plan protests at Charlie Crist book signings

    02/18/2014 5:52:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Don't tell anyone. This is supposed to be a secret. Of course sending an email is an odd way to keep a secret. South Florida Republicans are being urged to protest at former Gov. Charlie Crist's book signings this week in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The email includes this note: please be careful who you forward to.  Oops. More from the email that went to Palm Beach and Broward Republicans: (this is the PB version with "sign waivers"). Charlie Crist is going to be doing a book signing and we need sign waivers to come out and rally against him. I know...
  • 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.” …
  • Ran Away

    02/17/2014 1:13:58 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/29/14 | Florida GOP
    "The numbers tell the story: Florida's unemployment tripled..."
  • Charlie Crist calls for end of Cuban embargo, Gov. Rick Scott responds

    02/10/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, running to reclaim his old seat as a Democrat, told HBO’s Bill Maher Friday that he believes the Cuban travel embargo didn’t work and should be “taken away.” “[Cuba] has been held hostage by a small Cuban community in Florida for a very long time,” Maher said, adding that if politicians had the courage to stand up to those exiles, college kids would be going to Cuba for spring break next month. Crist agreed, saying it was the right thing to do. “I mean, the embargo has been there, what, 50 years now?” he said. “I don’t...
  • Crist accused of trading money for judges

    02/09/2014 5:31:29 AM PST · by mazda77 · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/6/14 | Kellen Howell
    Charlie Crist,the former Republican governor of Florida now seeking his old seat as a Democrat, has received the worst type of attention at the start of his campaign: a jilted former fundraiser testifying under oath that judicial nominations were up for sale on Mr. Crist’s watch.
  • Did Charlie Crist Sell Judgeships?

    02/08/2014 6:17:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 2/6/14 | Roger Stone
    In elaborate testimony Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein told a federal court how he had wielded influence over Charlie Crist while he was governor and used his role as a political appointee to a local judicial nominating commission to improperly ensure that Crist's personal favorites were nominated to the 4th District Court of Appeal and the Broward Circuit Court. Rothstein said he favored candidates who "were going to favor our law firm."
  • Ex-fundraiser’s testimony rocks Crist’s Florida campaign - Con details trade of political favors

    02/06/2014 6:42:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida now seeking his old seat as a Democrat, has received the worst type of attention at the start of his campaign: a jilted former fundraiser testifying under oath that judicial nominations were up for sale on Mr. Crist’s watch. The testimony this week by Scott Rothstein, a onetime Crist fundraiser and prominent lawyer convicted of running a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, stunned court observers across Florida and rocked Mr. Crist’s nascent candidacy to oust Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. Rothstein did not appear in court for several years after his 2010 guilty...
  • Charlie Crist invokes Jeb Bush on condition of GOP

    02/06/2014 10:14:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/6/16 | Dana Davidsen
    Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat who is running for governor in Florida, echoed former Gov. Jeb Bush in describing what he characterizes as an extremist turn in the GOP. "I think I'll quote Jeb Bush. He said it better than I ever could. Today's Republican Party, at least the leadership, is perceived as being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-education, anti-gay couples, anti-environment," Crist said Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." "Pretty soon, there's nobody left in the room," he added. A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who preceded Crist as governor of Florida, has said the GOP needs to alter a...
  • He bravely ran away? State GOP keeps slamming Charlie Crist #FLGov

    01/29/2014 9:27:42 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/29/14 | David Freddoso
    A ferocious 30-second ad. "Slick Politician. Lousy Governor." Video at link.
  • Florida Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana

    01/28/2014 4:23:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 1/27/14 | Maya Rhodan
    The proposed amendment would make Florida the 21st state to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes... Florida’s state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a constitutional amendment to decriminalize medical marijuana can go before voters, rejecting opponents’ argument that the measure would mislead voters in legalizing the drug. The high court ruled 4-3 in favor of allowing the constitutional amendment to move toward a vote in November, the Miami Herald reports. The proposed amendment would allow strains of marijuana with greater levels of substances that help prevent epileptic attacks and lower levels of the substance that makes people high. Opponents of the amendment...
  • 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...
  • Charlie Crist campaign team looks a lot like President Obama’s campaign team

    11/13/2013 3:04:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 12, 2013 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist’s career as a Republican was ruined four years ago after he hugged President Barack Obama onstage; now he says it could be his salvation as a Democrat. Running again for his old post with a new party affiliation, Crist is being embraced by another aspect of the president: former Florida campaign workers for Obama, who has twice carried the Sunshine State. At least seven former Obama Florida campaign workers — from his pollster to a top political consultant to media experts to his fundraiser — now form the nucleus of Crist’s new campaign team. And top Obama donors,...
  • Charlie Crist Launches Campaign Website

    10/26/2013 10:13:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 10/25/13 | Javier Manjarres
    And so it begins. Former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist, has finally launched his much anticipated gubernatorial campaign against Rick Scott. Well, kind of. The website CharlieCrist.com has just launch, asking Floridians to share their comments with the former governor, because as Crist believes,” Only you, the people, can get Florida back to common sense.” -
  • Rick Scott is no longer a long shot for re-election

    09/08/2013 8:00:33 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9-8-13 | Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief
    TALLAHASSEE — When Rick Scott won a bruising battle for Florida's governorship three years ago, he inherited an economy in disarray. He ostracized allies with his stubborn streak, emboldened foes through his slash-and-burn budgeting and was dubbed by pollsters "America's least popular governor." It's still a political eternity until the Republican former health-care CEO stands before voters again. But the crosswinds have shifted in ways that make his re-election in 2014 much less of a long shot than Tallahassee prognosticators once expected. With former Gov. Charlie Crist planning to jump into the governor's race this fall, national liberal groups and...
  • 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. …
  • Charlie Crist endorses gay marriage [South Florida Media PRAISING Sodomy Today]

    05/10/2013 3:14:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/9/13 | Rachel Weiner
    Another step in Charlie Crist’s political evolution is complete. On Wednesday night, the former Florida governor endorsed gay marriage. “I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here,” the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat wrote on his Facebook page. He congratulated Delaware on becoming the 11th state to legalize gay marriage.
  • Charlie Crist declares support for gay marriage

    05/09/2013 5:36:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    ... Charlie Crist’s march to the left is all but complete. The one-time Republican announced his support for marriage equality on his Facebook page, writing that he looks forward to the day it happens in Florida. In his Facebook post, Crist writes that it is “great news” that Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality.
  • Ex-GOP Gov. Crist tweets he's joining Democrats

    12/07/2012 9:03:32 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 07, 2012 | Associated Press
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has announced on Twitter that he's joining the Democratic Party. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/07/former-florida-gov-charlie-crist-tweets-joining-democrats/?test=latestnews#ixzz2EQvhAx49
  • 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...
  • Crist gets another hug with Obama

    09/08/2012 12:06:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 8, 2012
    Bloggers are having a little fun with Saturday morning's handshake-and-hearty-hug greeting between former Republican Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama, who kicked off a two-day bus tour in Florida on Saturday. "The Hug 2.0" reads the headline on the Tampa Bay Times website, above a photo of the president locked in a bearhug from the former governor. Mr. Crist, the one-time Senate candidate who blames a well-publicized hug he gave Mr. Obama in 2009 for contributing to the end of his political career as a Republican, had a warm embrace for the president he endorsed with a Thursday night speech...
  • Turncoat Crist steps up for Obama and stimulus at the DNC (He is outed for good now)

    09/07/2012 6:16:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    human events ^ | 9/7/12 | j gizzi
    It really didn’t matter what Charlie Crist had to say in his much-publicized remarks to the Democratic National Committee. All signs point to Crist — former Republican governor of Florida-turned-Independent for Obama — making a comeback attempt for his old statehouse job in 2014, this time as a Democrat. A just-completed PPP Poll showed Crist (who has yet to register as a Democrat) defeating incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott by a margin of 45 to 42 percent among likely voters statewide. In his remarks tonight, Crist made a spirited defense of Obama and the economic stimulus package that he broke...
  • Cowardice in Washington (Akin)

    09/02/2012 9:52:43 PM PDT · by bronxville · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09-02-2012 | Rick Tyler
    Any time a political consultant writes an op-ed, first find out who is signing his paycheck so you can have a better-informed opinion of his opinion. Last week Curt Anderson called in these pages for Todd Akin to get out of the Missouri Senate race for comments Akin made in a television interview last month. If you go to the website of Anderson’s company, OnMessage, you can see that his clients include the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), whose chairmen have called on Akin to get out of the race and are increasingly angry...
  • 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.
  • Charlie Crist continues political makeover with Barack Obama endorsement

    08/27/2012 12:15:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 26, 2012 | Steve Bousquet
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, continued his political makeover Sunday by endorsing President Barack Obama’s re-election and calling him “the right leader for our times.” “President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida,” Crist wrote in an op-ed column in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, “and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.” Crist...
  • 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,...
  • ‘The Right Leader for Our Times’: Ex-Republican Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses Obama

    08/26/2012 10:54:45 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 08/26/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former Florida governor and ex-Republican Charlie Crist endorsed President Barack Obama on Sunday, calling him “the right leader for our times.” “I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility,” Crist wrote in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
  • Former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses…Barack Obama

    Apparently, former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist is taking the term “political opportunist” to a whole new level by endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election. Here’s an excerpt from the editorial he penned in the Tampa Bay Times: 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...
  • 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 and Nelson: Two Tax Hiking Peas in a Pod

    08/09/2012 8:24:46 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-03 | Paul Blair
    Former Governor Charlie Crist has formally announced his support for Democrat Senator Bill Nelson. For Florida voters who were tricked into supporting the so-called “Republican” Governor who promised not to raise taxes and then did just that, this should come as no surprise. When Crist ran for Governor, he signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Florida voters, promising to oppose any and all efforts to raise taxes. When he was confronted with the need to make a decision on tax hikes and spending cuts, however, Governor Crist broke his promise to Florida taxpayers and signed a budget that included $2.2...
  • 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