FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Broward County is political battleground and home to more registered democrats than anywhere in the state. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was there Tuesday, raising money to fight Rick Scott for the governor’s office.

Crist went right after Governor Rick Scott saying what he’s done to education funding is laughable and that he simply doesn’t believe him.

He’s vowing to return to Tallahassee as governor.

In a room full of suits, fancy pastries, shrimp with cocktail sauce, and a few cocktails, the former republican governor was working the crowd of democratic supporters who shelled out up to $250 in some cases for the opportunity to meet and greet.

The consummate politician even said hello to regular Joes, like retired cop Don Reynolds of Sunny Isles Beach who was visiting the same floor on other business.

“I think we need somebody back in office like him who’s pro-police,” said Reynolds.

“I think we deserve better as Floridians than we have now or I wouldn’t be running,” said Crist.

Crist says he’s got the back of Florida’s working class. He met with representatives of a labor union at the event.

He said he has no plans to accept an invitation by a Broward organization to debate democratic challenger Nan Rich.

Crist made several low profile trips to our area recently. That’s about to change as Republican Governor Rick Scott is promising to spend $100 million, $25 million at the outset of the campaign, to define his challenger.

Some of the hot button issues on the campaign trail include gay marriage, raising the minimum wage and medical marijuana going on the Florida Ballot.


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