In 2006, Charlie Crist was elected Florida Governor as a Republican. Unfortunately, under his tenure, the state’s economy collapsed. When Mel Martinez decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2010, Crist opted to run for that seat rather than seek re-election.
In the primary for the Senate seat, Crist was defeated by Marco Rubio. Crist blamed his defeat on the movement in the Republican Party to the right, so he decided to leave the party to become an independent candidate. Once again, he was soundly defeated by Rubio.
But Christie was uncomfortable as an independent politician. He, in effect has been a DINO for a long time. Recently, he charged that Republicans in Florida were suppressing the vote in last month’s election. He also spoke at the Democratic National Convention this year advocating the re-election of President Obama. Crist also spent much of the fall campaigning for Obama.
So now Crist has made his move to the Democratic Party official. Presumably, this is important to him because he intends to run against the current Florida governor, Rick Scott. He has now joined the ranks of political chameleons like Joe Lieberman and Arlen Spector who switch parties whenever the voters do not select them. The state’s Republican Party had apparently anticipated this move, since it quickly released a comment: “Charlie Crist’s first official act as a Democrat was to tell a lie about why he is now pretending to be one. The truth is that this self-professed, Ronald-Reagan Republican only abandoned his pro-life, pro-gun, conservative principles in 2010 after he realized that Republicans didn’t want to send him to Washington, DC as a senator, especially after he proved he couldn’t do the job as governor.”