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Charlie Crist Makes Big Announcement

8:37 am - 12/08/2012
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced on Twitter Friday that he has joined the Democratic Party.

Crist was first elected to the governorship as a Republican in 2006. He ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent in 2010, losing a three-way race to Republican Marco Rubio.

Crist’s tweet read:"Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @Barack Obama!"

His message included a photo of him with an unidentified woman holding up a Florida voter registration application.

Crist signed the papers changing his affiliation from independent to Democrat at a Christmas reception at The White House, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Crist spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte that nominated Obama for a second term, and had campaigned for Obama's reelection in Florida.

A message left for Crist by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned Friday night.

Crist, 56, is viewed as a potential Democratic challenger to Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.


It may not be the announcement that some people have expected, but it's still a pretty big deal.
jazzypom Yeah, pretty much8th-Dec-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Like, can't they just... go and find another party? The Democrats need to continue moving from centre to left. This guy can gtfo. I hope the Dems say thanks but no thanks.
countrygirl_914 Re: Yeah, pretty much8th-Dec-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Um, I don't think the Dems can keep someone from registering with their party, can they?
jazzypom Re: Yeah, pretty much8th-Dec-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
But he's looking to run against the GOP guy, isn't he? One can register to be Democrat, but if he wants the machine and the rest of it (which is what I assume he's gunning for, and not being a Democrat because of a change of heart). But if he wanted to stand as a Dem it wouldn't be so straight forward, would it?

(Open to being hit by a cluex4 for real).
countrygirl_914 Re: Yeah, pretty much9th-Dec-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Besides the DNC giving funding and support to another Dem during the primary, I'm not sure what else they could do. You'll have to ask someone else on that one.
natyanayaki Re: Yeah, pretty much9th-Dec-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that this'll force one of the more "liberal/progressive" "3rd Parties" into the mainstream, and considering how unhappy I often am that the Democratic Party is the representation for liberal/progressive values, that's what I'd prefer to these "Blue Dog Democrats" or "Ex-Republicans" finding or forming another party.
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