What many politicos around the state of Florida have been saying all long about a possible 2014 Democratic Party gubernatorial primary bloodbath, could be taking form between former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist, and former State Senator and uber liberal Democrat, Nan Rich.
During last week’s Florida Democratic Party convention in Orlando, Florida, both Rich and Crist were out pressing the flesh, hoping to convince the Democratic Party faithful to support their respective gubernatorial campaigns.
Crist has not formally announced he is running for governor, but C’mon, everyone knows he is running, especially after relaunching his charliecrist.com website prior to the opening of the convention.
But as we have been reporting every since the rumors of a possible Crist gubernatorial run began to surface, Democrats are split about trusting, and possibly supporting the former “Reagan Republican.”
“I blame him for Marco Rubio” – Susan Smith of Tampa, president of the state party’s Progressive Caucus.
“I’m not entirely convinced,” said Elizabeth Corwin of Tampa after hearing Crist speak at the Women’s Caucus meeting Sunday. “I’m still on the fence — but who can win will play a large role in my decision. We have to be Scott-free.”(Tampa Tribune)
One of Crist’s biggest cheerleaders making the case for his friend-
But how centrist is Charlie Crist?
“The state of Florida is pretty much a centrist state,” said former state Sen. Steve Geller of Broward County, a Crist backer. “I believe you need a centrist candidate to win. If you’re perceived as a South Florida liberal, it’s more difficult to get elected.”
Again, the one-time “Reagan Republican” and on again, off again, Pro-life Crist, has taken a 180 degree turn on every single issue he has ever stood on, including the one issue that liberal Democratic Party caucus’ holds so dear, a woman’s right to choose.
“I want to talk about women’s issues because I think it’s important for you to see my heart,” Crist told the Women’s Caucus.
“I fought for you before I was even one of you,” he said, referring to pro-choice issues he backed as a Republican legislator and governor, including vetoing a bill requiring an ultrasound test prior to an abortion. “Please judge me by my deeds.”
Crist stated that it will take “some time” for voters to believe that his present position on Abortion and women’s issue was “real” and “genuine” adding that “the passage of time is a great healer.”What Crist is saying is, with time, Floridians will forget that he has flip-flopped on every single issue he ever originally stood for, not to mention the fact that he used to be a Republican, before he switch to Independent, solely to try to win an election.
We know where Rich stands on Abortion, heck, she probably helped write the “How-to” book on the procedure, but where is Crist on the issue?
Here is what we know about Crist’s evolving position on Abortion-
“I am pro-choice, but not pro-abortion. I believe that a woman has the right to choose, but would prefer only after careful consideration and consultation with her family, her physician and her clergy; not her government.”-Charlie Crist, 1998 U.S. Senate campaign (St Petersburg Times)
“I’m pro-life. I don’t know how else to say it”-Charlie Crist, 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary race“I’m pro-life on this issue, but I also understand that it’s very important to respect the views of others, and I do,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s important to change the law. What I do believe is important is that we change hearts and not the law. . . . I’m pro-life and I’m proud of it, but I don’t think that I should impose my will on other people as a result of it.”-Charlie Crist, 2006 general election
Crist seemed to think that laws should be changed as well as hearts. He issued a statement promising to fight “for pro-life legislative efforts” in the Senate. Five months later, he scrubbed his campaign website of all references to his support for pro-life causes and “the sanctity of life” and vetoed a bill that would have required a woman seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and be given the opportunity to see it.-2010 U.S. Senate Republican primary (January, before he ran as an Independent) –National Review
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