by Javier Manjarres
Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who has endorsed President Barack Obama for President and is expected to challenge Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott as a Democrat, was aggressively courted to endorse the President and run for Governor by none other than Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama himself.Back in April, a ‘source’ within the Democrat Party and associate of Wasserman Schultz told the Shark Tank that Wasserman Schultz had fallen out of favor with President Obama and would be removed from her post at the DNC after the general election-
It seems as if the relationship has soured to the point that according to the source, “He does not want her in the DNC anymore.”
Apparently, President Obama had discussions with the DNC Chairwoman regarding her approach, even telling her, “Don’t forget you work for me.”-(Source-Shark Tank)
Our source has once again come forward to shed some light on the Crist’s reemergence in Florida politics, as well as talking about a growing problem for the Democrat party in Florida’s upcoming 2014 Gubernatorial race.Back in the 2002 Florida Attorney General’s race between then Republican Charlie Crist, and Democrat Florida State Senator John Hugh “Buddy” Dyer(currently the Mayor of Orlando) State Senator Debbie Wasserman Schultz was out campaigning Dyer, who was her “very close friend” and colleague, and she is said to have raised $500,000 for his campaign.
Convicted felon and ponzi-schemer Joel Steinger was one of Dyer’s biggest contributors- he was involved in the “Mutual Benefits” Ponzi scheme that swindled a billion dollars from investors that believed was being legitimately invested in life insurance settlements. Steinger only raised Dyer $20,000, but as the Broward New Times reported, Steinger funneled money through the State Democrat Party to Dyer.
Steinger also is said to have helped bundle donations for Dyer from numerous sources including past employees, settlement companies and other viaticals.
In all, Steinger raised about $20,000 for Dyer, but that was chump change in terms of his total contributions. Steinger poured at least $1 million into the political process during the 2002 election, including more than $600,000 that went to the state Democratic Party itself. The party spread that so-called “soft money” around to all its candidates, including Dyer (who received more than $100,000). In all, law enforcement sources estimate that Steinger put $3 million into politics from 2000 through 2004. (Source-Broward New Times)
The problem that’s plaguing the Democrat Party in Florida right now is its inability to coalesce behind one viable Democrat candidate that could stand a chance of defeating Governor Rick Scott. Since Wasserman Schultz is quietly pushing for a Crist gubernatorial candidacy- she landed him the speaking spot at the Democratic National Committee convention in Charlotte, as nothing happens at the DNC without the Chairwoman’s nod of approval. But as a result of Debbie’s intervention, Florida Democrats feel as if Wasserman Schultz has betrayed them, especially current Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich.Senator Rich, one of the most liberal and confrontational members of the state legislature- not to mention a close friend of Wasserman Schultz, is very “disappointed” with her friend’s support of a possible Crist gubernatorial candidacy, especially considering the fact that she is the only Democrat thus far who has announced her candidacy for Governor.
But what about “Buddy” Dyer? Democrat operatives are saying that Dyer, former State Senator Dan Gelber, and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler are also mulling over potential gubernatorial bids against Rick Scott.
If Dyer gets in the race, will Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz change directions and back her long time “very close” friend? Our source, who has thus far been spot on in his/her revelations to us, emphasized that he/she is very suspicious about the “very close friendship,” that Wasserman Schultz and ”Buddy” Dyer once had. We pressed him/her for more details about the past relationship between Wasserman Schultz and Dyer, but he/she told us, “Next time.”
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