News Release: Associated Press News
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A new memoir by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist defends his evolution from a Republican to Democrat, while taking swipes at some rivals including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott.
"The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became A Democrat" is scheduled to be released in early February. The Associated Press obtained a copy Wednesday.
The book gives some behind-the-scenes details of Crist's political and personal life.
One chapter details how close Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek came to dropping out of the 2010 U.S. Senate race. That decision could have helped Crist as an independent defeat Rubio, a Republican.
Crist also defends his decision to hug President Barack Obama at a 2009 event even though it wound up alienating GOP voters.