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Charlie Crist to run for Senate as an independent

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced this afternoon he will run for the Senate as an independent, breaking with the Republican party and setting up a three-way battle in the fall fraught with national political implications.

"Our political system is broken," said Crist at a rally in St. Petersburg. "I believe in democracy and the right to choose."

Crist, who will remain a registered Republican, repeatedly cast his decision as in the best interests of Floridians, saying at one point that the easiest course for him would be to run for re-election as governor but that people across the state had urged him to pursue an independent Senate bid.

"I was never one who sought to hold elective office to demagogue or point fingers," said Crist. "For me, for me, public service has always been about putting the needs of our state and our people first; and every single day, as your servant, I have tried to do exactly that."

In reality, however, Crist's hand had been forced by a national conservative groundswell that had lit upon the Florida Senate primary as a chance to send a message to Republican leaders that the status quo was no longer acceptable.

In the immediate aftermath of Crist's announcement, his entire campaign team -- manager Eric Eikenberg, media consultants Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens, pollster Public Opinion Strategies, communications director Andrea Saul and press secretary Amanda Hennenberg all resigned. "It has been an honor to work for Governor Crist, and I wish him all of the best," said Saul.

Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who is now the de facto Republican nominee, released a statement insisting that Crist "still doesn't get it," adding: "What party or non-party you affiliate with is far less consequential than the principles and policies that will define America for decades to come."

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State and national Republican leaders clamored to condemn Crist's decision.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said that Crist had "left his party". Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the party's nod in 2012, described the move as "deeply disappointing." Florida state Attorney General Bill McCollum, the party's likely gubernatorial nominee derided the Crist independent bid as a "short-sighted maneuver".

Meanwhile, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) argued that Crist's independent candidacy put Rep. Kendrick Meek, the likely Democratic nominee, in the game.

"Kendrick has run a very strong campaign and will likely emerge as the candidate of choice for Democrats, Independents and even moderate Republicans," said Menendez in a statement.

Meek, for his part, predicted that he would win the race at least in part because he is "running against two Republicans" and that Crist's independent candidacy would "confuse" voters.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Crist leading a three-way race with 32 percent followed by Rubio at 30 percent and Meek at 24 percent.

Crist's announcement came after more than a month of speculation about Crist's political future after polling suggested he had fallen far behind former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Republican primary fight.

Crist initially denied any interest in an independent bid -- repeatedly insisting that he planned to run for the Republican nomination. But, over the last few weeks Crist began to reconsider that decision amid two major developments: Rubio more than tripled Crist's fundraising take in the first three months of the year and an attack on Rubio's alleged misuse of a state party credit card failed to move numbers at all.

Over the past week, Crist huddled with longtime allies and donors to solicit their thoughts on an independent bid. A number of those advisers warned Crist of the difficulties of running as an independent but reported that the governor seemed to have made up his mind to pursue that option. Earlier this week Crist commissioned a poll to see whether he could be viable as an independent.

Numerous media reports on Wednesday suggested that Crist had begun calling donors and supporters to inform them that he would run as an independent and ask for their support. Crist denied that such calls had been made and insisted he was still in the process of making up his mind earlier today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida Senate, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Republican  
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12BarBlues, you've obviously been missing 37thandO's posts. It's the minorities who are racists for not voting for these guys despite the stupid things they have said and done and promised to do for the last 50 years.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 30, 2010 9:31 AM
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I try to miss 37th posts as much as possible. Of course, it MUST be the minorities who are racist...that is, if one doesn't bother to look at the definition of racism. LOL. The only good thing to come out of this convoluted "logic" is that R's don't want to be called racist and they will turn themselves inside out and into pretzels to avoid the charge. At least, that's something!

As to 37th, he doesn't mind what he is called, as long as he is called something. He's just a selfish spotlight hog.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Crist has indicated that he will not stay a registered Republican. Before the end of next week he will change to No Party Affiliation (NPA) on the books, as well asin his filing papers. His path to victory is maintaining the Florida-winning Obama coalition as much as possible, maintaining non-aligned support but substituting a greater number of white R votes (at least 20% of whom detest Rubio) for black D votes (most of whom will stick with Meek). He will also raise money the Obama way, primarily with the Internet (but without Goldman Sachs). It is definitely doable.

Posted by: nicksak | April 30, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

12BarBlues, you've obviously been missing 37thandO's posts. It's the minorities who are racists for not voting for these guys despite the stupid things they have said and done and promised to do for the last 50 years.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 30, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Noa, I'm a little more ok with the Arizona law since I doubt it will make it to the light of day and even if it's in place for a little bit, you can bet that the cops will be walking on eggshells so as not to appear to be racial profiling. Just as long as something gets done while this law is fresh in everyone's minds.

The oil leak is just a tragedy. Nothing will be done to make this have been worth it.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

If I had to sum up Michael Steele's vision for Republicans, it would be.

"We can keep the upper-class tax cuts, we can keep the anti-abortion, we can keep the military imperialism, we can keep the deregulation of industry, we can keep the guns, we can keep the prayer in schools, we can keep the creationism, we can keep the drilling, we can keep the global-warming denial, we can keep being against stem cell research. We can keep all of this stuff.

But let's just try and be a little nicer to minorities, ok?"

Amazingly, his party wouldn't even go that far and I think it bothers the hell out of him.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

@DDAWD: I recall that when Anthem raised its premiums it was looking like HCR was dead. I think they thought they were off the hook and decided to be colosally arrogant.

But Arizona and BP are grim gifts, aren't they.

Hope he rescinds that offshore drilling expansion now. Ugh. An entire ecosystem is going to be wiped out.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 30, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

We waited for the Steele to tell us what he thought of AZ undoc law, and here is the quote:

"On the issue of illegal immigration, the RNC chairman said he agreed with Republican strategist Karl Rove, who recently expressed concern that the Arizona law could alienate Latino voters from the GOP.

"We need as a party to be mindful that our prior actions in this area and certainly our prior rhetoric in this area has not been the most welcoming and the most supportive of helping those who want to assimilate into the way of life of America," Steele said."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/29/trending-steele-crist-win-a-real-possibility-in-three-way-race/?fbid=VqlGO9lTCg2

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 30, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Something for the conspiracy theory nuts to chew on. It's strange how we have been having these sort of flashpoint events in the proximity of legislative priorities.

As healthcare is being fought out, we have Anthem suddenly raising premiums.

As FinReg is being debated, we have the Goldman Sacs indictment. (not that we really need a flashpoint for this)

Next on the slate is immigration reform - right as Arizona passes this insane law.

Then up is climate change - right as we have this massive oil leak that could destroy maritime industry for Louisiana.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Ooops, I was going to bed and then I realized I forgot this...

x) Religion experts, like Pat, Rush, the Muftis and the Mullahs will tell us why God did this to teach the people they hate a lesson, following on the volcano, loose women causing earthquakes, pacts with the devil...it is all pretty obvious.

y) The secret government microwave laser beam towers...no sorry, he won't blame the "oil spill" on...well, who knows?


Posted by: shrink2 | April 30, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is bad. A lot of the fishing companies are operating on razor thin profits as it is. This could really cause some lasting economic damage as we will probably lose an entire year of fishing.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 30, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

"It is feared that work on sealing the leaking well using robotic submersibles might take months."

"BP is also working on a "relief well" to intersect the original well, but this is experimental and could take two to three months to stop the flow."

Lets hope the BBC is wrong.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 30, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

A Goldman criminal prosecution? Uh oh.

The administration sent up a trial balloon with the SEC action.

People saw it, it polled well and now the POTUS thinks he may be bigger than Goldman.

Better not go to trial.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/business/30case.html?hp

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I really do think #6 will come to fruition

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

More blame game predictions...

1) Foreign people own the rig. Only Americans know how to drill baby drill.

2) Gulf of Mexico....'nuff said.

3) Give the dead guys a medal and thank them for their contribution to energy independence.

4) No one ever said offshore oil drilling was safe. Democrats are to blame too.

5) Government did not fix the problem so government is the problem.

6) Radical environmentalists are pretending this is a big deal to score political points.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say there is nothing ordinary about what is happening.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"Has the punditocracy been commenting much on the oil leak? I really don't know what to make of it. Just letting everything playing out and just observing."

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I commented once about Noacoler's oil leak, but I don't think it went over too well.

Past my bedtime, ducky.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Crist has a great deal more future than Rubio. Even a weak third place finish leaves him out there with Lincoln Chafee and other outed RINOs. When enough of those big names decide to coalesce into a progressive party, or ressurect The progressive party, they are the early leaders and eventual elder statesmen of the next other majority Party along with the democrats.

They won't win but Chaffee/Crist is an outside ticket possibility for the American reform party in 2012.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 29, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Has the punditocracy been commenting much on the oil leak? I really don't know what to make of it. Just letting everything playing out and just observing.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"Last I heard, they were talking about underwater umbrellas, the oil would rise into them and get pumped out. But a plan to stop the "leaks" anyone? Posted by: shrink2 "

That seems to be a common fix, apparently. Last big spill to use one was in the Timor Sea. There they waited too long and really screwed things up. Here they started the cap construction almost immediately. Works well, provided the leak is from one or a couple closely spaced vents. If the crack is long and oil leaks from many seeps won't work very well.

But it is very ordinary oil drilling engineering.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 29, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem with arguing these things are "much safer" or something along the lines of "99% safe." It only takes one screwup to put everything in a world of hurt. Thankfully under current law if BP is found negligent (which they should) they will be charged the cost of cleanup and will be liable for damages. But I think to really make the market work it shouldn't just be if they are found negligent. If they want to start drilling, they need to accept ALL the risks that come with it.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 29, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

DRILL BABY DRILL

Governor McDonnell, do you want this potential mess on your shores of Va Beach? How about you Senator Graham?

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 29, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Back to politics.

Republicans will need to find a way to blame gubmint for the oil disaster. Here are some ideas from my, "What would Rove say?" fund of knowledge.

1) Too much regulation caused confusion and delay*.

2) Should have tried to help the struggling oil industry instead of doing everything they could to hurt it.

3) Lower taxes would have meant more money for safety.


*boomed Sir Topham Hatt!

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"...largest oil spill since the Exxon Valdiz."

That was a spill, this is not a spill.

The oil is flowing and the rate of flow is increasing. Or at least, our appreciation of the flow rate is. No one has any idea how to stop it.

Experts say it will be the greatest oil disaster, ever.

Can anyone say how this is supposed to stop? Seriously, is there some plan to stop the flow of oil?

Last I heard, they were talking about underwater umbrellas, the oil would rise into them and get pumped out.

But a plan to stop the "leaks" anyone?

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Exactly my sentiment brigade someone like Congresswoman Schultz could have threaded the needle and won this thing for the Ds. With teachers behind Crist and his $7.5 million in the bank, I just don t see how Meeks can pull this out. Fla always seems to have their election problems; 1. 2001 POTUS elections and the infamous butterfly ballot 2. The 2008 D primary fiasco that likely cost HC the nomination and now this. What is with Fla and their dysfunctional political system?

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 29, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"You can ridicule Crist as being a "RINO" or something but the mact of the fatter is that he's a lot closer to the political center than Rubio"

I wish him well. But if all these Republican-haters are now going to back Crist, that can't be good for Meek. Can't the Democrats field a competitive candidate in a state like Florida? This is nothing like the Lieberman race, where the Republican party was non-existent. There are lots of Dems in Florida, yet I have yet to see much excitement for their likely candidate.

As for Scott Brown, he's a warm body. You can't win the majority without warm bodies.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't count those Rubio chickens before the votes hatch, Brigade. The guy seems to be peaking a little early. You can ridicule Crist as being a "RINO" or something but the mact of the fatter is that he's a lot closer to the political center than Rubio, and moreover, if he wins as an independent and happens to not be a glutton for punishment then he could turn out to be a lot more disappointing than Scott Brown.

.. who, one can't help but notice, you guys don't hoot about anymore.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 29, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

On a different but impt topic I find it fascinating that all of the conservative R Governors especially Barbour, Jindal and Perry who
I find it fascinating that the most conservative anti Federal Govt antienvironmentalists, Perry ,Jindal and Barbour, who
constantly rant against the Big Socialist Federal Govt are now begging that Big Socialis Federal Govt to save their coast line from the largest oil spill since the Exxon Valdiz. A similar spill in Santa Barbara in the 1980s led Ca to stop offshore drilling. For that Ca has been ridiculed and environmentalist branded as whacko leftists tree buggers. What happened to R Governor's call for Drill Baby Drill and we don t need no stinkin studies or better technology this looks like another disaster like the W Va mining disaster where Rs have ridiculed federal regulations and sound environmental policies. I recall conservative posts here ridiculing federal assistance and environmentalists.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 29, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

On a different but impt topic I find it fascinating that all of the conservative R Governors especially Barbour, Jindal and Perry who
I find it fascinating that the most conservative anti Federal Govt antienvironmentalists, Perry ,Jindal and Barbour, who
constantly rant against the Big Socialist Federal Govt are now begging that Big Socialis Federal Govt to save their coast line from the largest oil spill since the Exxon Valdiz. A similar spill in Santa Barbara in the 1980s led Ca to stop offshore drilling. For that Ca has been ridiculed and environmentalist branded as whacko leftists tree buggers. What happened to R Governor's call for Drill Baby Drill and we don t need no stinkin studies or better technology this looks like another disaster like the W Va mining disaster where Rs have ridiculed federal regulations and sound environmental policies. I recall conservative posts here ridiculing federal assistance and environmentalists.

Posted by: leichtman1 | April 29, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

ApplepieAmerican wrote,
"Bravo Gov. Charlie Crist!! I'm an Independent voter and you have my vote in your pocket. We are tired of the neo-Fascist GOP Republicans that don't give a damn for the interest of the American people but their narrow party interest. Best wishes for a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate."

Maybe this will turn out better for Rubio than I thought. Here's an obvious Meek vote going to Crist already.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I sure wish BP spent as much money on drilling rig safety as they did on their relentless PR campaigns about how green they wished we would think they were.

What will British Petroleum say, this was an Act of God?

People are calling it a spill, as if the right brand of paper towel will pick it up.

This is still going on, there is no serious estimate as to when the oil will stop flowing out of these "leaks".

Posted by: shrink2 | April 29, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Gov. Charlie Crist!! I'm an Independent voter and you have my vote in your pocket. We are tired of the neo-Fascist GOP Republicans that don't give a damn for the interest of the American people but their narrow party interest. Best wishes for a successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: ApplePieAmerican | April 29, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I can see that

Posted by: Noacoler | April 29, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
'Oh dear, Brigade is reduced to "I know you are but what am I" rebuttals.'

They're my favorites. And they don't take much time or thought.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

This whole race is getting boring


I say we take it off the list completely -


Let's all agree that we don't talk about this race until after Labor Day.


Anyone else agree?

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 29, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, Brigade is reduced to "I know you are but what am I" rebuttals.

Democrats are not extremists forcing out moderates. In fact, Democrats are to the right of Republicans through most of our history, even to the right of Nixon; it's Republicans who are all trying to out-crazy and out-conservative each other, and at a pace that leaves even the right-drifting electorate behind .. and repelled.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

@Suzy: good catch; periods and commas go inside quotes, colons and semicolons go outside.

Yesterday he wrote that Rubio "has rode" something or other; today it was "relevancy."

Jesus.

reminds me of:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/pickup-truck-stoled,17337/

Posted by: Noacoler | April 29, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

whatmeregister wrote,
"As long as the party keeps caving in to the ... thugs and driving decent, intelligent and principled moderates out..."

Doesn't seem to have hurt the Democrats. As I suggested in another thread, if Obama's approval ratings are below 50% come election time, Dems will be wiped out. Count on it.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Crist's decision is good for him, good for Florida and (in the long run) good for the GOP. As long as the party keeps caving in to the Teabagger thugs and driving decent, intelligent and principled moderates out of the Republican tent, its fortunes will continue to drop. The Radical Right seems to be under the delusion that Americans share their Talibanic values and ideological purity is going to win elections. Sorry, no.

On the bright side, it will mean that the GOP's slide into irrelevance doesn't seem likely to reverse itself anytime soon. Thank you for that, Teabaggers!

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 29, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr Cillizza, you need an editor.

"left his party".

"deeply disappointing."

"short-sighted maneuver".


Does the period go before or after the ending quote mark? Make up your mind.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 29, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers wrote,
"This makes TWO too many Christ posts today."

I knew we could agree on something.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

So Crist has become a Specter-Lite. Misery loves company.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | April 29, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

StayinCivil wrote,
"Crist has always done what he felt was right for Floridians."

Then if Floridians are intelligent and duly grateful he shouldn't have a thing to worry about. Right?

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

vwcat wrote,
"Christ is leaving a party that no longer speaks to anyone outside the far extreme right."

Sounds like you've been having wet dreams again.

Posted by: Brigade | April 29, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Unlike McCain who says he was never a "maverick" and who has been pandering to the "wing nuts" of the Republican Party. Crist has always done what he felt was right for Floridians. He stood up against Republicans when he said "no" to involving government in the Schiavo case. He said yes to the stimulus, which Floridians desperately needed. He said no to the state Republican legislature who wanted to "crucify" teachers.

Crist appeals to Independents, moderate Republicans and Democrats. Americans are sick of the two party system, and want a strong third party solution. Crist will be a strong "alternative" to the Republicans and Democrats.

I live in Florida, am an Independent and my entire family are "moderate" Republicans. We will all be voting for Gov. Crist...

Run Charlie Run......

Posted by: StayinCivil | April 29, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

this says it all as to what a far right, elitist club the republican party has become.
You have the debate in england taking place at the same time Christ is leaving a party that no longer speaks to anyone outside the far extreme right.
In England Cameron will probably win. Not because he is the right but, because his party has become more moderate and therefore is more appealing to the majority.
Christ left because our conservatives have moved in the opposite direction of their counterparts in England and will see themselves on the outside more then inside in the coming years

Posted by: vwcat | April 29, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I respect Crist...we need more third party candidates. The way our primaries go are the Dems usually nominate a super liberal and the Rep usually nominate a super conservative...and you have to choose the lesser of two evils. It is sad when moderates are thrown under the bus and pushed out of their respective party.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | April 29, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"The politics of failure have failed, we need to make them work again"

"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"

http://sclipo.com/videos/view/kang-and-kodos

Posted by: kreuz_missile | April 29, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Crist is going to win and going to caucus with the Dems. The GOPers are already lining up to throw him under the bus and by the time this nasty campaign is over he will despise the Republican party. The teabaggers just gave a Senate seat to the Democrats.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | April 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

This makes TWO too many Christ posts today. This makes that White House video of the centenarian flirting with Obama look fresh.

She must be getting those hormone shots through Medicare.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Crist is in the closet which is why he got married hoping McCain would choose him as his VP. Failed. So he thought he could have a lifetime US Senate job. Failed. So he is trying a desperate move to get the lifetime appointment as US Senator. He is behind in Rasmussen poll 37-30. It will get worse for Crist. His ego is similar to Obama. They both worship themselves yet both deny they are bi or gay.

Posted by: mascmen7 | April 29, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Run Charlie Run, you have my support. Florida lets make him the next Senator from Florida.

Posted by: truthoverlies1 | April 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

My early bet: Crist remains credible and runs well for an independent candidate, placed fifth [or perhaps] eighth on the ballot, after minor party candidates. And then he finishes a respectable third.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 29, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I say, Congratulations to Charlie Crist for having the guts to go ahead and run as an Independent. This is a good development for our politics in general, and especially for the invisible moderate Republicans who have watched themselves become isolated and banished by the extremists who call themselves Republican.
The inability to compromise on ANYTHING is NOT a true Republican stance. Moderate Republicans like Dick Lugar of Indiana, for example, have made HUGE contributions to our nation through the statemanship capacity to compromise.
This is going to be fun to watch.

Posted by: cms1 | April 29, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist should have deemed himself a Democrat. He ran from the Republicans before the Republicans could toss him out.

Sunshine Charlie is a faux conservative and I am glad is has outed himself.

There is a reason why people hide their true identity in a closet.

Posted by: jdcw | April 29, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party needs to wake up and see it is pushing out its most pragmatic members. First Frum and Bartlett, now Crist. The sad thing is that the reactionary nature of the Republicans could set up a future shock. Party supporters will soon realize that their elected officials will not make the draconian choices being demanded of them. Like past leaders they will be forced to move to the middle. In fact, their actions will look not much different than what the Democrats are proposing these days. It's all an angry smoke screen with no substance. The sad thing is that people like Crist are just being more honest about what is practicable and they are paying the price for it. Typical, honest politician get pushed out while the angry, screaming liars win the day.

Posted by: kumbatx | April 29, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"2. Florida is a conservative state and with the Conservative Party. The world is with the Conservative Party..."

What are you babbling about, numbnutz?

1. Florida voted for Obama.

2. There is no such thing as the Conservative Party in the US, but if you are referring to either the Republican Party or the Tea Party, rest assured the world hates both of them.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Good for Charlie. The GOP might as well just change its name to the Teatard Party, to make things official.

Has teatard queen Sarah Palin announced her endorsement of Rubio yet?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

As a snowbird of over forty years' standing, with one child born in Florida, I applaud Governor Crist's principled stand. I can only give moral support, but if it is worth anything at all, success to him in his new situation. We need more like him in the US Senate.

Posted by: Geezer4 | April 29, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

1. Governor Crist has a weak platform so he seeking out people who will listen to his cry.

2. Florida is a conservative state and with the Conservative Party. The world is with the Conservative Party...


Antonio Ivan Easterling
Chief Editor
The Proletarian Review

Posted by: sterlinggo1 | April 29, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What was defacto Republican senatorial candidate Marco Rubio, former state House Speaker, talking about when he said "What party or non-party you affiliate with is far less consequential than the principles and policies that will define America for decades to come." Was he speaking about the lack of principles suffered by his party? Was he talking about the Republican Party as a non-party due to the Tea Party movement? What exactly are the principles and policies that will define American for decades to come?

To this New Hampshire native - It is clear what principles and policies Independent senatorial candidate Governor Charlie Crist had in mind when he said at a St. Petersburg rally, "Our political system is broken" and "I believe in democracy and the right to choose."

I disagree with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (NJ) about the likelihood that Democratic senatorial candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek will win the election.

Candidate Meek has been quoted as saying that Crist's independent run would "confuse" voters. Scratch your head Rep. Meek. Maybe you are the one confused about running against two Republicans. How could Florida voters be confused about their sitting governor running as an Independent candidate for the United States Senate?

Florida deserves better Republican and democratic candidates for the United States Senate. In fact, the American people also deserve better than what the Democratic and Republican candidates for the Florida senate seat appear to offer.

Posted by: LiveFree | April 29, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, and I thought the Dems were a mess. When Republicans have no use for a moderate like Charlie Crist you know they're in trouble -- every jungle needs a few "Rinos" you know. Oh, well, I can't see how this helps Republican chances so hurrah ... except I also can't see how it helps our country to have one party sliding in to demagoguery. We'll see how it plays out, I guess.

Posted by: Omyobama | April 29, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist has always been a phony. He really rode in on the coattails of Jeb Bush who was one of the most popular governors that Florida has had and now that Bush is backing Rubio Crist is a dead duck. The former senator Mack has withdrawn his support and advised Crist to avoid running as an independent but his ego will kill his political career not just now but in the future. Had dropped out of the race and acted like the conservative he professed to be he might have had the chance to oppose the not too popular Senator Nelson in '12.

Instead, now that he has taken this fatal step, he will be left for dead without a party to support him. The dems will take advantage of his move and put every effort to split the vote enough to elect Meek who was expected to be run over in a Rubio sweep, even by his own party. Crist may have enough independent and very liberal pubs voting for him to have a small chance of winning but his chances are small from what I see and hear here in Florida, but the votes he draws from Rubio may cost the Republicans this seat and should that happen he will be dead as far as his political future is concerned.

Posted by: rmilitello | April 29, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I predicted this back when he vetoed the education bill.

I said it before and I'll say it again. One is an anomaly, two is a trend and three is a movement. First Lieberman, now Crist. Who's next?

We may well be watching the formation of a third party, especially if -- and you read it here first -- Lieberman, Crist and McCain (who will win the Republican primary, but just barely) hold the balance of power in the next Senate.

Posted by: anon99 | April 29, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This whole race is getting boring


I say we take it off the list completely -


We don't talk about the race until after Labor Day.

Anyone else agree?


Posted by: 37thand0street | April 29, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Charlie proclaimed it's over. Well Charlie did it ever really start? You've swung both ways especially kissing Obama's butt this last year and half. This comes as no surprise. Whatever chance of me voting for you just went out the door! You're nothing but a political opportunist! You weren't man enough nor didn't have the guts to stick it out between you and Rubio and let the best man win. You could give a damn about the voters or the American people, you are only concerned about Charlie Crist. Well let's send a message in November and send you back to St. Pete!

Posted by: Dimag | April 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

gOOD RIDDANCE. FINALLY REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING ALL THE RINOS OUT OF THE PARTY. IF THEY WANTED A LIBERAL CONTROL FREAK THEY WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED A DEMOCRAT. CRIST IS DEAD TOAST AND WILL NEVER BE HEARD OF AGAIN THANK GOODNESS. GO RUBIO GO!!

Posted by: cdorbg | April 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

gOOD RIDDANCE. FINALLY REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING ALL THE RINOS OUT OF THE PARTY. IF THEY WANTED A LIBERAL CONTROL FREAK THEY WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED A DEMOCRAT. CRIST IS DEAD TOAST AND WILL NEVER BE HEARD OF AGAIN THANK GOODNESS. GO RUBIO GO!!

Posted by: cdorbg | April 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Crist at least is looking out for the people of Florida.Rubio will maker Florida a police state just like Arizona is. How many of you carry your birth certificate around with you or even want to.reminds me of Germany and Hitler and how that started with having to show papers at someones whim.Better think again what we want our state to be like and if we want visitors which keeps our economy going.Rubio is the loser and should be before he shoves the state of florida down the tubes.

Posted by: bennie1 | April 29, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

bye bye repuggies...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 29, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

On the off chance he actually wins as an independent, who's he going to caucus with, the Democrats? Surely the Republicans don't want him around. Either way, a vote for Crist is a wasted vote.

Posted by: Post17 | April 29, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Jesus ANOTHER Crist post?

Is there no other news?

Posted by: Noacoler | April 29, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As a Florida resident I can attest that Charlie Crist is out for Charlie Crist. He doesn't care about the citizens of this state he only cares about his career. The worst part for him is the Florida public also knows that he is out for himself and no one else. He is so jealous of Rubio he will do anything to prevent him from winning, including splitting the conservative vote and that is what he is trying to do. Well, Charlie it won't work!!!!!!

Posted by: ric545Riker | April 29, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Governor Crist. You did the right thing. You didn't leave the party - the party left you.

Posted by: Brittman1 | April 29, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

What a baffoon, he said unequivocally on sunday a.m. squak shows, that he WILL NOT RUN AS AN INDEPENDANT. Typical politian, lie, cheat steal and flipflop. He has no chance to win, so he will split the vote. Worked in NY, will work in FL. Wonder if there is a place in Obamaland for him when he chokes. After all, kind of like the Oakland Raiders, Obama brings in all the hasbeens and losers.

Posted by: landluvver | April 29, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Crist is a decent Republican. It's too bad the teabaggers and the extreme right wing is destroying the GOP. I hope the Democratic candidate or Crist puts these extremist right wingers in their place.

Posted by: billr40229 | April 29, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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