What Crist Means
By Chris Cillizza
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to announce his Senate candidacy today, a decision that has national implications and says a great deal about the current political landscape, from Republicans rebuilding efforts to the treacherous political position for governors heading into 2010.
Crist is, without question, the star of the Republican recruiting efforts to date -- a well known and popular chief executive who also happens to be running in one of the largest and most politically competitive states in the country.
He is also someone with unabashed interest in playing at the national level -- pushing his way into the vice presidential talk for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) last year and regularly mentioned as a presidential candidate in his own right in 2012.
Posted at 9:00 AM ET on May 12, 2009
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