Apparently, Former Governor Charlie Crist was in Downtown Orlando last night, speaking to a group of influential Democrats and was very well received.
The Former Republican turned Independent turned Democrat has been wading into his new party’s waters trying to win the favor of “The Die-Hards”, while measuring if there is enough of a hunger for him to go after his old job and run against his successor Rick Scott next year.
Crist has been in town this week raising money for Terry McAuliffe’s tough gubernatorial fight against Ken Cucinelli up in Virginia, he hopes that McAuliffe and Former President Bill Clinton who was also in town, will return the favor for him, should he decide to run next year himself. There was also a POLITICO article this morning adding fuel to the speculation with Crist bringing a key fundraiser into his operation (you can read that article HERE).
Based on Social Media Feeds last night, it looks like a group of local Democrats migrated to the VUE Condominiums to listen to the Ex-Governor after a fundraiser for State Representative Joe Saunders in preparation for his House 49 Campaign next year (which also appeared to be successful).
Crist might need the support of the Democratic Loyalists from the City Beautiful. Former State Senator Nan Rich is already in the race and has gone on the record saying she’s not getting out for anyone. Party Operatives might be needed to pressure her out, to give Crist a clean jog at the Party’s nomination.
He’ll also need them to pull out the checkbook. Scott’s team has hinted that he’s prepared to spend $100 million to defeat Crist. The Polls still give Charlie the lead but Scott has closed to within single digits.
This isn’t the first event where the Controversial Former GOP Guv has been a hit. He spoke at the DNC last year, and more recently was at a Fundraising Gala with Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant in the Southern Part of the State, last month.