Charlie Crist, who fatally damaged his party stature by hugging President Barack Obama in 2009 as Florida’s Republican governor, is embracing the Democrat’s populist politics as he weighs a bid to reclaim that job.
Charlie Crist, Florida’s former Republican governor, is campaigning to get his old job back -- this time as a Democrat -- and adding his fundraising muscle to a race poised to be the most expensive in state history.
Four years ago, when Charlie Crist campaigned for governor in the gated villages of southeast Florida, he boasted that he expected to win two terms. By 2008, he was touring those retirement communities with Republican presidential candidate John McCain as a rising star in the party under consideration for a vice presidential bid.
Charlie Crist, Florida’s former Republican governor who fled the party to become a Democrat, told supporters he wants to reclaim the office next year, setting up a campaign-spending spree that may eclipse the more than $100 million spent in 2010’s record-breaking race.