Crist Begins Taking Steps Toward Gubernatorial Run
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ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami) – Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist appears to be slowly taking the wrapping off his potential bid to challenge Republican Governor Rick Scott during next year’s gubernatorial election.
Crist, a former Republican that switched parties to Democratic, re-launched his website Thursday just before the 2013 Florida Democratic Party State Conference. Crist is expected to announce his decision on another run shortly after the state conference, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Crist has also put out a new web video that plays off Governor Scott’s motto of “It’s Working” saying “It’s not working.” Crist also played off Scott’s motto of getting back to work on his website saying, “Only you, the people, can get Florida back to common sense.”
Scott has routinely polled as one of the least popular governors in the country. He’s also run into problems legally, losing a public fight against the Affordable Care Act, and policy blunders. His lieutenant governor also resigned amidst a gambling scandal, a position which still hasn’t been filled.
Crist will face charges of being an opportunist based on his switch from the Republican Party, to independent, to now a Democrat. Crist’s chances will rest largely on getting out the Democratic vote much like President Barack Obama did last year.
Crist’s only announced challenger in a Democratic primary would be State Senator Nan Rich.