With the only real obstacle out of Charlie Crist’s way, the table is finally set for the former Republican Governor, turned Independent, and not Democrat, to jump into the 2014 gubernatorial race.
Former Florida CFO Alex Sink, who was the one obstacle that could have made it very difficult for Crist to win the Democratic nomination for governor, has announced that she will not run for governor, again.
Sink narrowly lost to Governor Rick Scott in 2010, and was considering another run at the pro-business governor, but doubts about being able to fundraise against the Rick Scott fundraising apparatus, was one of the leading reasons Sink decided against running for office in 2014.
“It’s no secret that Charlie Crist has got a lot of explaining to do. Over and over again, all I can hear is him saying, ‘I’m a pro-life, pro-gun conservative.”- Alex Sink
Crist does have a lot of explaining to do, but in true chameleon fashion, seems to now be ’embracing’ President Obama’s failed 2009 Stimulus Act, the one issue that sunk his Senate campaign.
Once Crist announces, which is expected in the early part of October, the race will instantly become national, but a heavy amount of doubt within the Democratic Party ranks will still linger, as many Democratic operatives and activists are echoing Sink’s “all I can hear is him saying, ‘I’m a pro-life, pro-gun conservative” statement about Crist.
They simply don’t trust Charlie, but some have speculated that Sink may have struck a deal with Crist in order to prevent a bloody primary, which would prevent Crist from expending campaign dollars prior to the general election against Scott.Aside from former liberal Congressman Robert Wexler (D), it will be fun to watch who comes out in support of Crist’s possible run for office. Will former “War Profiteer” Harry Sargeant, who is a long-time friend of Crist, and also donated to Wexler’s congressional campaign, stand behind Charlie?
How about all of those other squishy/ Democrat-lite Republicans in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay areas, who still stayed friendly and supportive of Crist, even after he became an Independent?
Crist’s former 2010 Senatorial staffer, Michelle Todd, who still calls herself a Republican, has publicly stated that she is loyal to Crist, leaving very few to doubt that she will be on board any future Crist for Governor campaign.
The Republican Party of Florida is already having a field day with Crist with their almost daily “Cristory” campaign outlining the former governor’s history of flip-flopping on positions.
Expect these attacks on Crist to ramp up, and quite possibly move the Democratic Party to hedge on fully supporting Crist, as he will need the party’s deep pockets to be able to have any chance of beating Scott in the general election.“Like and share” the story. Tell us what you think, leave a comment below.