Governor Charlie Crist a Democrat



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Colorado native, young professional, progressive cowgirl. 4-term FPE (aka masochist).

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  1. MADCO says:

    I remember when I became a D.  CAROMAN took me to lunch, we plotted tot take over the world.  (I still say he’s Pinkie,)

    THere was no red dress involved.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    he’s previously held office as a Republican and run as unaffiliated for the Senate — I guess he either had to become a Democrat, or join the ACP.  (Probably a little more money in the Democratic party.)  

    This guy makes Willard look like a absolute rock.  Methinks, just maybe the ideal party for Charlie would be the Opportunists.

  3. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Such sexy facial hair.

  4. TimothyTribbett says:

    Wow even at the White House. Common sense eventually prevails. He is so running for Governor again.

  5. parsingreality says:

    Having checked my tea leaves and all.

    “Governor” Scott needs political killing.  The average person in Florida is suffering under his policies and cronyism.  

    Crist now has two years to revitalize his base, bring in new voters, and save the state.  Rubio is too many years out to keep his face fresh, although he could certainly run if he fails in his bid for governor.

    He is not adverse to naming names and calling out evil.

  6. parsingreality says:

    ….. a couple of articles in the local paper, in the belly of The Land of Fucked Up Elections.

    Biggest negative I saw scanning the story, is that he’s an opportunist.  I think it more like he’s smart and he is will to change if that’s the smart thing to do.  I don’t mean just politically, but with new information, etc.

    One thing for sure, he ain’t no corporatist like Scott.


    And for some local pundit analysis:


  7. Crist certainly had his down points as FL governor (see: prisoner treatment), but…

    He’s been a strong advocate of consumer rights as FL AG.

    He was an environmental moderate who I think tried to be an environmental liberal.

    He’s stood up for voting rights.

    He’s been generally good on abortion rights (though took a brief pro-life tour during his losing Senate primary bid).

    He’s moderated his anti-LGBT rights stand over time.

    I wouldn’t accuse him of being a far-left Liberal, but I’d say he’s as good a Democrat as you’re likely to elect in Florida, and he’s got a pretty clean record.

    Given the FL Democratic bench, if I were party chair I’d put him up for whatever office he was willing to run for; Senate vs. Rubio, Governor vs. Scott…

  8. BlueCat says:

    all steps in one direction. R to Indie to D. It makes sense.  I know someone who followed the same path. A moderate registered R who voted Bush in 2000, became disgusted, switched to unaffiliated and voted Kerry in 2004, then went all the way and registered D in 2008. It’s not nearly as wild as New york’s Mayor Bloomberg starting at D, switching straight to R and then landing on Indie.  Now there’s a pure dyed in the wool opportunist.  

  9. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Someone looks at how their party has shifted to the right and as a moderate Republican they make a reasonable decision. And instead of welcoming them, you denigrate them.

  10. He supports Obama, and the Affordable Care Act, and FEMA, and – well, all that other stuff Republicans don’t support.

    He’s certainly not a Republican. And he’s probably to the left of the Third Way/DLC Democrats.

  11. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    a moment… I’m lost on that.


    I feel exceedingly dense, just now.

  12. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    A “beard” is the fine lady you date/marry to look straight.

  13. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    Didn’t know that…now I do.

  14. Diogenesdemar says:

    that piece of paper in Charlie’s right hand makes him a Democrat, and that piece of . . . er, that um, red dress . . . in his left hand makes him a not not-that-there’s-anything-wrong-with-that . . . ?

    I kinda admire the symmetry . . .  

  15. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    But probably not if he still wants to run statewide in Florida.  Parsing?

  16. parsingreality says:

    Fewer and fewer people give a damn anymore.

    OTOH, a very old voting demographic.

    If it’s affirmed he really is gay – or, bi – it could be enough to damage him.  Heck, I’d say even some who wouldn’t care if he were homo would have trouble with bi.

  17. rocco says:

    Scott’s a criminal, and that’s not hyperbole. He presided over the largest Medicare fraud in history without even getting mud on his boots.

    If anybody deserves a “political killing”, it’s him.

    Crist must be who the Democrats are looking at in ’14 if he’s rolled out at the Whitehouse. No tweet would have gone out unsanctioned.

    Up ’till now, I thought Alex Sink would be the hero, and as of 90 days ago she was polling 8 points up on Scott.

    She barely lost in a 3 way race in ’10, and she’s been positioning herself since.

    She’s married to Bill McBride, who lost to Bush in ’02. She well remembers the Katherine Harris initiated coup in ’00.

    She was Florida CFO, knows local politics very well, and is motivated.

    If Crist gets the nod, it means the Democrats are very confident he’d do better.


  18. BlueCat says:

    Scott’s approval numbers plummeted pretty much immediately after his election and have stayed bargain basement low. Crist is married now and, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as there’s no footage of him making out with a man everybody’s just going to have to accept the whole Crist happily married man thing and it won’t be a factor. He certainly meets the high name rec standard and the Florida Dems clearly didn’t have anyone like that available last time. I’d say…go for it.

  19. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    because of the “codger” demographic. I get the sense, too, that the minority community is not quite a bulwark of support for the gay community, perhaps, in large measure, because of a strong Christian influence. I could easily be corrected on this if someone has numbers.

  20. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Most of the commentary is welcoming of Crist.  If you want unanimity, fie thee to Red State.

  21. Tom says:

    I don’t see any particular denigration beyond the same ribbing that all public figures get, certainly much less than Hickenlooper routinely receives.


    It’s reasonable for folks in the progressive wing of the Dem party to not be totally thrilled that GOP moderates wade in an immediately gain power player status– moving the party to the right overall. Crist governed as a moderate only within the sense of the modern GOP. He was still a very conservative elected official and it will take some time to find out whether he had a change of heart or is simply hitching up with his next best option now that he’s burned his bridges.

  22. TimothyTribbett says:

    You make as little sense today as you ever have.  Wow.  Quit the God Damn preaching.

  23. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Good to see you, Charlie old friend. Here, let us take your coat. Welcome to our humble party. Care for a drink? Can you stay for dinner? Have a seat, bro. No problem. We’ll just put another potato in the pot. Our party is your party. Really. No, really. Relax. Here’s your mojito, buddy. You’re in the right place. Glad to have you.

    Arlen? Oh, he left earlier. Yeah. Said he was tired. He wasn’t looking so good. We helped him and Joe into a cab. You? How you feeling, dog? Think you can stay up for some high stakes later? Ante? Don’t worry about it, Charlie. DGA’s got you covered. Another mojito?

    There. That better, David?

  24. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    But I don’t think we’ll gain very many powerful politicians if we tell them they have to start over once they’ve joined us. Nor should we expect them to as that’s their profession and they want to move up the ladder, not down.

    My comment was aimed solely at Dio – I think the rest of the comments were very legit. Including yours concerned about where he’s going to land philosophically now that he’s a Dem.

  25. parsingreality says:

    ….so I’m fairly uninformed about him before that.  But I do know that he earned the full backing of the teacher’s union and generally, I was fully supportive in his senate run.  And I ain’t no moderate.  

    Frankly, I was surprised that Alex Sink did as well as she did.  And that people even remember who she is/was.  While her creds may be perceived as more liberal, or at least by modern standards, she did have baggage with BofA, as I recall.  She is pretty cozey to big bidness, although not but a fraction of Prick Scott.

    The worst thing Charlie has to fear is explaining why he joined an ambulance chasing law firm.  

  26. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    I was in the dark, too, so I’m obviously doubly dense. But, then, I was born way before Doppler gaydar. Jeez, I gotta get out more.

  27. Diogenesdemar says:

    my Steve Jobs ( . . . shhhhh — damn I love those harmonies of heavenly hosts, don’t you? . . . )  superduperawsomestphoneever glitched was:

    Well, WTF — sorry Charlie, didn’t mean to hurt your feelings . . . I mostly do this shit for laughs . . . if I’d known you were as much of a sensitive and humorless prig as DavidDavidT, I wouldn’t have posted anything except — Welcome home, glad to have ya . . .

    How’s that, DT?  Feeling better?

  28. Diogenesdemar says:

    It be wrong if I said, fuck you and the pompous . . . er, I mean, Prius . . er, I mean, Leaf (. . . shhhhhh, those fucking angels are fucking incredible . . .) you rode in on?


  29. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    You sure are sensitive when you receive any criticisms.  

  30. Diogenesdemar says:

    are so very hurt, I may have to think about leaving here . . .

    I think my last word to you might probably be, “asshole”  . . .


  31. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    from the Latino community. This thing is just a matter of time, I think. I hope I live to see the day when race, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin…you know…all that stuff…NO LONGER MATTERS…TO ANYONE.

  32. Diogenesdemar says:

    just for breakfast anymore . . .  

  33. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    You really are doubling down on reducing the level of discourse here. But not to worry, you are not alone in responding to all you don’t like with profanity and denigration.

  34. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    As Arlen Specter died less than 2 months ago.

  35. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Does that make you Lindsay Lohan?

  36. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Your only purpose in coming here is to post mediocre music videos, bemoan schools’ refusal to provide fully trained personnel and scold? Or do I have it wrong–you admire poor taste, as do I? In which case, thanks for the compliment.

    However, I apologize if you took offense. I didn’t know Joe is still alive.

  37. MADCO says:

    – panned by those who care because…well, he’s gay

    – resisted by the GLBT purists who take offense at those who hide

    – and blasted by anyone who wants him to lose because he lied about it.

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