Waiting for Crist to go Democrat? He already has.

Here is the latest webcast about Florida’s controversial former Governor Charlie Crist. Waiting for him to go Democrat? He already has.


Florida Politics with Frank Torres. And today we’re talking about former Governor Charlie Crist. Is there a more controversial name in Florida politics, over the last 6 months than our former Republican Governor. As you’ll recall Governor Crist elected, served one term, before declining re-election to be Florida’s Governor to run for U.S Senate. The psychology behind this is very complicated and goes back a very long way. As you’ll recall, Crist was on John McCain’s list of potential running mates, before he ultimately settle on Governor Sarah Palin, Charlie Crist followed him around the country, tried to get that nod from McCain but never got it. Obviously, Washington was still in the plan for Charlie Crist, he chose to run for that seat in 2010, Of course you know what happened in 2010, our current Senator, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, that was the year his star was on the rise. A very “Rocky” like story. Crist had such a huge lead in the polls, but little by little Rubio hustled and little by little started turning the race in his favor. When Crist’s pollsters told him he would have a chance against the GOPs rising star, he did just that and walked away from the Republican party amidst a lot of controversy. Then there was the entire Jim Greer scandal with the former chairman of the Republican party. And the connection between those two which shrouded the entire senate race. Crist and Rubio were pointing fingers at each other over who had a hand in that. Even after Charlie Crist lost that Senate race, by a large margin to Senator Rubio, people were pretty sure that wasn’t going to be it for Florida’s former Governor, little by little he started wading into Democratic waters, his wife joined the Democratic party, Charlie Crist went to work for a prominent Democratic fundraiser at that fundraisers lawfirm and started doing commercials for that lawfirm that were controversial, a sign that Crist was not done. Little by little he started showing up at Democratic fundraisers, making the rounds with state Democrats, That had people thinking, perhaps he wants his old job back. Perhaps Charlie wants to take back the Governors mansion as a Democrat in 2014 against a vulnerable Governor Rick Scott, who’s approval numbers are frequently on the same level as show sizes, perhaps he wanted his job back and his political aspirations weren’t done then. Then came the biggies, first came the endorsement of Bill Nelson over his former GOP mate Connie Mack, ironically Mack endorsed Crist when he was running against Marco Rubio, then on his side of the state over on the west coast, the day before the RNC, he endorsed President Barack Obama, over the GOP nominee Mitt Romney. It was a bombshell on the eve of the RNC, as if Tropical Storm Issac was not enough, it was a move that had many believing that Crist’s betrayal was complete. There were plenty that offered the opinion that, that ship had sailed long ago. But to take it even further as if it wasn’t enough for Charlie to sit back and wait for an even more gradual shift, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte North Carolina on the final night, very controversial, a very mixed reception for Florida’s former Governor, of course those speakers that change parties between cycles always are, for Florida’s former Governor to be on that stage, definitely turned a lot of heads in the political world. That definitely kicked off the buzz into a full Charlie Crist for Governor discussion in 2014 as a Democrat. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s been on the campaign trail, making frequent visits for President Obama, If you remember there was the fuss over the hug. Back when he was Governor of the state. Now he hugs him all of the time. The two are best buds, from what you can tell and Crist is on the stump, for Barack Obama, not just here in Florida but all over the country. Definitely, one of his biggest surrogates, you know there is the question of whether Charlie Crist is going to run for his old job in 2014 as a Democrat. Whether he’s in with the Democrats, whether the Democrats will accept him. Guess what? He’s already been accepted. He outshined his fellow Democratic rivals that could be eyeing a run at Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2014, those including Alex Sink, Scott’s old foe from 2010 and former CFO, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and State Senator Nan Rich. He’s already outshined them, so if Charlie Crist is looking to get an “in” with Democrats, he’s already done that. So it’s interesting to see what kind of role he plays in Florida Politics moving forward. It’s only a matter of time before he switches and it’s only a matter of time before he makes a run at his old job. Unless he has some other goal in mind, of course he’ll deny this, that’s what Charlie Does. It wouldn’t be the first time, I remember when he was on the “Meet the Press” when he was running against Rubio, he was asked if he would go Independent and he said no and did it anyways. So, it’s coming guys, get ready. It’s going to be a “Crist for Governor” campaign in 2014, that’s what I’m predicting, he will be the frontrunner, and depending what Scott does it will be a very interesting race, so when people ask you if Crist is trying to get in with the Democrats… He already is guys. And it’s only a matter of time before he makes it formal. For Florida Politics with Frank Torres. I’ll see you next time.

POLL: Post DNC, Obama takes back lead in OH, VA still belongs to Romney

The “Bounce” poll numbers are in from the Democratic National Convention and there is some good news for both the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns.

In polls conducted by our friends at Gravis Marketing we’ve got important numbers from the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia.

Obama back up in the Buckeye State:

After post RNC numbers which previously put Mitt Romney up in Ohio, the most recent poll conducted last weekend have President Obama taking back a 4% point lead in Ohio. This is a bigger bounce than Romney enjoyed after his 4 point swing gave him a small lead when the attention shifted to Charlotte last week.

Obama’s lead can be credited to well received speeches by former President Bill Clinton and strong television ratings from the DNC.

Romney up in Virginia:

Another Gravis Poll conducted on the same weekend demonstrate that the DNC didn’t put the President up in all of the swing states. Virginia is still leaning Mitt Romney’s way. The numbers are giving the former Massachusetts Governor a %5 edge over President Obama.

This can be credited to strong stumping by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the Paul Ryan announcement held there, and a change in the general mood of the electorate.

Florida more important than ever:

The way these states are leaning makes the Sunshine State the battleground both campaigns will pull out all of the stops to win as we head to November. Look at the attention we’re getting. President Obama had a full weekend stay in the state last weekend that led to the famous bear hug pic and both Bill Clinton and Ann Romney have campaign stops in the region today.

Factors that might affect the polling we see down the road? The upcoming debates, the potential QE3 by the Fed, affairs in the Middle East, the sequestration talks, and future job numbers.

Romney and Ryan can feel good about Virginia but have work to do in the Buckeye State.

Wednesday Morning Political Headlines: Clinton in O-Town, Ann Romney in Largo

The Obama campaign is bringing it’s home run hitter to the heart of the I4 corridor today.

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Orlando today to stump for the re-election of President Obama in what is expected to be a packed house. Clinton is coming off of his well received at the Democratic National Convention a week ago and has been given credit to restoring the energy to an exhausted base of 2008 supporters. His presence is also expected to gain the attention of independent voters in Central Florida who have a favorable opinion of the former commander in chief.

Clinton will be introduced by former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional District 10 candidate Val Demings. This is great opportunity for Demings to be connected with Clinton, in what is expected to be a close November showdown with her opponent and incumbent Congressman Daniel Webster.

Down the road in Largo, Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann will be addressing supporters. Ann Romney is coming off of her own well recieved convention speech in Tampa during the RNC.

This story and the Orange County Sick Time measure that will be left off of the November ballot, lead your Wednesday morning political headlines.

Orlando Sentinel: Double Play!

Clinton to boost Obama, local Dems, in Orlando Wednesday

Orange leaders vote to delay sick-time ballot measure

WESH 2: Double Play!

Bill Clinton to speak in Orlando today

Orange County commission makes no decision on sick pay

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Double Play!

: Bill Clinton to campaign in Orlando for Obama on Wednesday

(Video) No decision made in controversial paid sick time ballot question

CF News 13: Romney, Obama camps make I-4 corridor visits today

WKMG Local 6: Orange County Commissioners consider 2 sick-time pay referendums

WOFL Fox 35: Citrus Bowl to get oversight of oversight

Clinton will be in town stumping for the Obama campaign today

Sunday Morning Political Headlines: Obama in Melbourne Today

Happy Sunday and welcome to the week 1 of NFL action.

This is a political blog so, let’s get some work done.

President Barack Obama spoke to thousands of supporters in Melbourne today. POTUS continued his tour of the Sunshine state after making a stop in Kissimmee yesterday and the Obama campaign isn’t going to stop with the President’s weekend swing, they’ve got former President Bill Clinton coming to town on Wednesday.

Mitt Romney will be in Florida on the same day talking to voters in Hillsborough county.

This morning Obama told supporters in attendance that his it was a choice between two visions for the country. He played off of the talking points in his DNC speech he gave on prime time television last week. He’s on his way to West Palm Beach and will be making several surprise stops along the way.

That story leads your Sunday political headlines.

CF News 13: DNC Wrap-Up Political Connections on CF News 13 at 130pm and 730pm

WKMG Local 6: (Video) ‘Flashpoint’ recaps political conventions

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Bill Clinton to campaign in Orlando area for Obama

WESH 2: (Video) Obama makes campaign stop in Kissimmee

WOFL Fox 35: President Obama Tours Central Florida

Orlando Sentinel: President Obama delivers upbeat message in Kissimmee

Former President Clinton will be in town Wednesday for the Obama Campaign

DNC Review Pt. III: Obama Sets High Expectations, Crist Slams GOP

Democrats could drive away from Charlotte, North Carolina last night feeling good about the unity of their party and ready to go to work to re-elect President Barack Obama in November.

The Democratic National Convention concluded last night with big speeches from former nominee John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, and of course President Barack Obama himself.

There was also a former Florida lawmaker that stole headlines and we’ll get to him.

Vice-President Biden behaves and delivers: There is certainly a lot to be worried sending Joe Biden out there on prime-time television with a race this close. In case you haven’t heard, he’s known to get a little “passionate” about the campaign and President Obama. The Veep spoke well with no major incidents and went a little light on the attacks. He spoke to the Blue-Collar crowd that supported him during his runs for the top office in 2008 and touched on all of the issues. Once again, he mentioned the President’s mental toughness and ability to make the tough call. He got several standing ovations and walked off stage without incident speaking exactly as a Vice-President should.

President Obama sets high second term goals: When copies of the President’s speech went out to media a few hours before the event, both sides got excited. Democrats saw political poetry, a beautifully painted picture of what could be, stories that could reinvigorate the most fatigued Obama supporters from 08′. Republicans saw a wish list that was difficult to take seriously given the President’s first term. When he walked out on the stage, after a great introduction by Michelle, the arena erupted as thousands of supporters rose to their feet to support the man they still believed in.

President Obama laid out methodically his goals, should he be re-elected. More manufacturing jobs, a successful deployment of his health care plan, and a tax plan that would make the rich “pay their fair share”. He was sure to draw a thick black line between himself and Mitt Romney, there was his future and their was his opponent’s. He didn’t attack the man as much as he attacked his vision for American compared with his and for a few minutes, he captured that magic from the convention from four years ago and when he was finished, you had better believe his supporters were refreshed and ready to knock on a thousand doors, and make a thousand phone calls.

The fight has been going on for a few months but last night, the President really laced up his gloves.

Charlie Crist turns on his friends: The former Governor of Florida didn’t just burn every bridge he had left with his former party, he called in an airstrike and turned those bridges into dust. In a display of the worst kind of political opportunism, Crist went on stage in front of thousands of Democrats, put Ronald Reagan, Jeb Bush, and every other Republican he once called an ally on blast. All of it in exchange for a lukewarm reception in front of politically savvy Democrats and a Florida delegation that knows they can put a better candidate on the field. Crist will be touring the state with President Obama this weekend. Hopefully, Democrats will nominate a candidate that has been loyal to their party for more than a few months.

Gabby Giffords inspires a country: The former Arizona Congresswoman who was the victim of a cowardly shooting brought thousands to their feet and to tears with her strength and courage. Giffords gave the pledge of allegiance yesterday evening and everyone no matter of party affiliation or political motivation remembered what this country was really about.

Lets give out some awards.

Best Speech: Bill Clinton really came through for the “D’s” this time around. He was charming, took people back to the 90′s, and through in the right facts that appealed to Independent voters, not just anything he could think of.

Runner Up: Michelle Obama. The First Lady was friendly, humble, and did a fine job warming up the convention for the speakers that would take a harsher, partisan tone.

Best Speech No One Saw: Joe Biden. The DNC organizers thought Biden would be a political liability that would say something that could be used against the President. They were wrong and the Veep gave a good speech before the national audience tuned in at 10.

Worst Speech: Charlie Crist. This guys destroyed POTUS on Florida Statewide television in 2010 before Rubio forced him out of the party and he gets first class at the DNC? You guys can do better.

Best Joke: Bill Clinton. “He even appointed Hilary!” The popular two termer talking about President Obama appointing Hilary Clinton the Secretary of State.

The Democrats got it done in Charlotte. It’s time for debates and while both conventions were successful, Debates tend to make a bigger impression on the probable voters.

This was the sight that brought all Democrats to their feet in Charlotte