Charlie Crist 'Mum' About Political Moves...Some Democrats Are Hopeful

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 6, 2012

It's the latest parlor game being played in Tallahassee, and it's become every bit as intense as a classic stump speech by Charlie Crist.

Depending what happens, we may be hearing it all over again in 2014.

After ditching the GOP and becoming an Independent, rumors are ripe Crist may be gearing up to challenge Governor Rick Scott as a Democrat.

The signs are quite literally everywhere, and former state senator Steve Geller tells us he's pegging the old college buddy he calls 'Charlie' the front-runner for the democratic nomination.

"I think the strongest thing he has going for him is, I think were he to win a primary, he would be the easiest choice to win, to become the Governor, saying, 'Hey, I didn't leave the party; the party left me," said Geller.

You've heard that line before.

It's a line he used in his Senate campaign two years ago, before he learned a hard lesson: It's almost impossible to win in Florida without a party.

It sounds easy enough to paint the picture of a former governor disenchanted with his old party and the man who's taken over. But, before Charlie Crist can ever take on Rick Scott, he may have to take on more than a few Democrats; Democrats who are skeptical of Crist and his shifting positions.

One high-profile democrat, former lawmaker Dan Gelber, is out with an op-ed headlined 'Charlie, Welcome to the Party'.

It comes on the heels of Crist's endorsement of Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

But, over the weekend on Political Connections, State Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux wasn't nearly as enthusiastic.

"Sure, he knows how to win in the state of Florida, but we've got a lot of great Democrats already and we've got a good, strong field," said Arceneaux.

The former governor is still mum on any political plans - he says he's enjoying private life.

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