NRSC endorses Charlie Crist; 2.5 years later Charlie Crist officially becomes Democrat

Thank goodness Republican-endorsed Charlie Crist lost to Tea Party-endorsed Marco Rubio. Now if we can only get more establishment Republicans to lose, we’ll be in good shape:

CBS NEWS – Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, is now officially a Democrat, he announced on Twitter late Friday, after filing official paperwork at a White House Christmas party that reportedly was met with a fist bump by President Obama.

It’s likely a first step toward another gubernatorial run for Crist, who served as governor from 2007-2011 and, after losing the 2010 GOP Senate primary against now-Sen. Marco Rubio, became an independent and ran against Rubio in the general election that fall. Crist came in second to Rubio with 30 percent of the vote.

In August of this year, Crist announced his support for Mr. Obama’s reelection, and scored himself a prime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“What changed is the leadership of the Republican Party,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times in a phone interview Friday night. “As I said at the convention, I didn’t leave the Republican Party, it left me. Whether the issue was immigration, or education, or – you name it – the environment. I feel at home now.”


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