Crist Speaks Out Against Voter Purge

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Former Governor Charlie Crist is speaking out against the man who succeeded him. The issue is Governor Rick Scotts efforts to purge voters, but the former governor’s words are fueling speculation that Crist might seek the office of Governor again by running against Rick Scott in 2014.

Governor Charlie Crist’s smiling face greets visitor to the Capital City from this law firm billboard that overlooks the Governor’s mansion.

The governor’s mansion is right up this street, half a block, so every time Rick Scott heads for home coming from this direction, he’s looking at Charlie Crist.

Crist, who left office in 2011, did the unusual this past week. He wrote an op-ed piece criticizing the man who succeeded him, Governor Rick Scott. We reached Crist on his way to New York. He says he’s not being critical of Scott, but of his policy to remove voters from the rolls.

“What I find troubling is that there seems to be active suppression,” Crist said.

The writing is fueling speculation that Crist might seek to return to the Governor’ mansion as a Democrat. His op-ed even produced this tweet from the Republican party Chairman, and the GOP spokesperson calls Crist unpredictable.

“Well, as Charlie Crist has proven time and again, trying to guess what he’s going to do is pretty fruitless,” GOP Spokesperson Kristen McDonald said.

Public Relations expert Ron Sachs says the problem for Democrats is an empty bench.

“Well, I think Charlie Crist could be viable,” Sachs said. “Public opinion polls show he could be viable in a statewide race.”

And Democratic Strategist Screven Watson concedes Democrats don’t have many well known faces.

“We have a governor who’s got awful polling numbers, and there’s no other Democrats talking about running,” Watson said.

Despite Rick Scott’s sagging poll numbers, Democrats expect Scott to raise one hundred million dollars for his re-election.

Crist is currently registered to vote as an Independent. State law requires candidates to be a member of the party in which they are running for at least a year before qualifying begins, which means Crist would have to become a Democrat by next June to switch parties.

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