Tomorrow Morning, Charlie Crist will announce that he is running for Governor setting off what is bound to be an emotional, expensive, and very personal war between one of the most controversial figures in Florida Politics, and the most determined political organization in the state (maybe the country) The Republican Party of Florida.
A quick review.
Crist is the former Governor who once called himself a “Jeb Bush” Republican and has championed at one time or another, every Conservative cause you could think of. Charlie’s goal has always been the White House (in some capacity), he was once a candidate to be John McCain’s running mate. When Sarah Palin got the nod, Charlie decided to run for Senate. Things were looking great until this cat, Marco Rubio came out of nowhere to take a lead in the GOP Primary polls.
Charlie went Independent. Charlie lost in the General anyway. Charlie started flirting with the Democratic Party. Charlie joined the Democratic Party.
So now, Crist is headed towards a showdown with his predecessor Rick Scott in what is bound to be a memorable race. It’s going to get personal in a hurry.
There is so much more though. Let’s layout the Top Five Reasons Republicans despise Charlie Crist.
1. The Hug: Back when Charlie was still a Republican, and shortly after President Barack Obama passed the Stimulus, he visited the state. Obama’s plummeting popularity after that package as well as the passage of “Obamacare” made him the last political figure, a GOP Leader would want to be seen with.
Charlie is a “touchy feely” guy. Whats he gonna do? Give the President a hug of course.
This move was slammed by Conservatives and seen as Crist lining up behind the President on his policies.
-The Hug- was slammed then and still is now
2. He Endorsed President Barack Obama, the day before the Republican National Convention: Charlie was still an Independent at this point. The RNC was about to get underway and Hurricane Issac was churning out in the Gulf. What could make a rough situation worse?
“President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, 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.”
3. He actually spoke at the Democratic National Convention as the featured Converted Speaker:The “I didn’t leave the Republican party, it left me” line probably led to countless foreign objects being thrown at televisions. Here is Charlie at the DNC (still Independent at the time).
4. He Officially Switched Parties last December, leaving us in speculation for a year: He posted this photo last year. This led to the “Will he? or Won’t he?” talk that has had the state’s Politicos rambling for a year.
5. Football, Sunrises, Following Your Heart, and — Whatever the Pollsters say HERE—:
“I’m not on any team. I’m a Free Agent, a Free Agent for the people of Florida” Crist after turning Independent in 2010.
“That’s hurtful, you don’t know whats in my heart” Crist after being accused of being a political opportunist by his then opponent Marco Rubio.
“If you see the President, Give him a big hug for me and tell him Charlie says Hi”- Stumping for President Obama in 2012.
Let’s wrap this up.
Crist is a real threat to Scott. A lot of people eat this stuff up, and the press loves him because he’s fun to write about. Scott has zero charisma and is underwater on his approval rating, this is going to be a fight.
Republicans however, are prepared to walk until the blisters on their feet open up and their toenails fall off. It’s that personal. And these are just some of the reasons Republicans despise Charlie Crist.
Will Crist’s New Home in the Democratic Party lead him back to the Governor’s Mansion?