By JAVIER MANJARRESWhile the 2014 election season is barely getting underway, the big question in Florida is, when will former Florida Governor Charlie Crist announce that he will challenge current Florida Governor Rick Scott in the 2014 gubernatorial election?
With his only other formidable Democratic challenger, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, hedging on whether or not she will run against Scott, there really is no one on the Democratic side that could counter Crist’s likeability, considerable statewide name ID, or even have a shot of defeating Scott.
It will be very interesting to see what kind of campaign Crist will attempt to mount, considering the fact that he has waffled on just about every single issue that he has every stood on.
Last week Rep. Will Weatherford, the Florida Speaker of the House, posed a very interesting question to Charlie Crist. And like we said then, Weatherford’s question is one that will follow Crist around the campaign trail, were he decide to run for governor.
Sure Rick Scott has moved a bit to the middle with a few flip-flops of his own, including his acceptance of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. And while the Republican base is still reeling over Scotts embrace of the Medicaid expansion, in a head-to-head between Scott and Crist, Scott’s team will be sure to discect Charlie “Mr. Conservative Republican” Crist ongoing political evolution, and crucify him with his very own words.
If he wants to be Governor so bad again, if he wants to come back to the state of Florida, and lead our state, why did he leave us when we had a 12% unemployment rate, and the state of Florida was having its hardest times? Weatherford continued,” Florida really needed a leader and stick up for them, why did he chose to leave? I don’t know how he is going to answer it. –Rep. Will Weatherford
As we stated before, Democrats are not to keen on a Crist for Governor candidacy, especially after what could leak from the GOP corruption scandal where his old friend and confidant Jim Greer, plead guilty to money laundering. However, the hope of defeating Rick Scott and winning back the Governor’s mansion is like a political carrot that is being dangled in front of them, that will mostly likely drive Democrat Partly leaders and activists to plug their noses and vote for Crist in 2014.
“At least Charlie Crist, when he was a Republican, was doing things that were very socially moderate. Crist showed a much greater level of consistency than Scott has.”-Former FL State Senator Dan Gelber (D) (Politico)
Oh really Senator Gelber? Here are some of Crist past “socially moderate” positions-
- Opposed gay adoption
- Uphold Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act
- Defend parental notification rights
- Crist opposed abortions in all circumstances except when a woman’s life was in danger
These were Crist’s positions before he launched his 2010 Senatorial campaign. Throughout the campaign, Crist made like a chameleon and change his colors on these positions.
One question that all Floridians, including Charlie Crist should be ask themselves is, would Charlie Crist attempt to run for Governor if Jeb Bush was his potential opponent? Think about it, politics are very fluid, and anything is possible. And by the way, how many Republicans and Independents will forget the famous ‘hug’ with President Obama, expecially after Obama has shown the world his complete disregard for the Constitution?Share and “Like” the post if you will not support a Charlie Crist gubernatorial campaign.