By JAVIER MANJARRESIt must already be political season if the former Republican, then Independent, and now Democrat Charlie Crist, is ‘coming out’ of his shell to flip-flop on yet another issue he either supported or opposed in the past. Crist, who is by far one of the most, if not the most prolific political flip-floppers in the history of American politics, is now supporting gay marriage.
Crist recently said that he “most certainly supports marriage equality in Florida,” after the state of Delaware legalized gay marriage. Floridians will remember that back during the few hours that Crist was a conservative, and referred to as “Chaingang Charlie”, Crist was in support of the efforts to ban same-sex marriage, and also supported the ban on gay adoptions.
“Traditional family provides the best environment for children”-Charlie Crist
Fast forwarding to June 2010, and the newly minted ‘Independent’ Charlie Crist changed his mind on gay adoptions, saying that he could no longer support the ban on same-sex adoptions.
Back in1998, Crist ran for the U.S. Senate on a pro-choice platform, opposing the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. Then in 2010, Crist ran again for the U.S. Senate and presented himself as a “pro-life Republican candidate,” but then “removed the pro-life/family issue page” form his senatorial website after he realized that he was losing the Republican primary race to Marco Rubio.
“I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here,” Crist quietly announced Wednesday night on his Facebook page, hours after Delaware became the 11th state to legalize gay marriage. Crist then added, “I feel that marriage is a sacred institution, if you will. But I do believe in tolerance. I’m a live and let live kind of guy, and while I feel that way about marriage, I think if partners want to have the opportunity to live together, I don’t have a problem with that,” Crist said at the time, adding that when it comes “to the institution of marriage, I believe that it is between a man and a woman. It’s just how I feel.”-Miami Herald
If Crist decides to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor, and is challenged in a Democratic primary election, will his kind to pull out the long knives, or in his case, the ‘big stick’ and pound him over his numerous change in positions?