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Governor Charlie Crist to Announce His Political Future

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

After just two years on the job, Governor Charlie Crist is expected to make his political plans known tomorrow. The Governor is widely expected to announce he will seek Florida’s open US Senate seat in 2010, which as Mike Vasilinda tells us, will lead to a political free for all in Florida Politics.

Governor Charlie Crist and his wife arrived back in the Capital via commercial airline after contemplating his political future over the weekend. Crist has been widely rumored to be seeking Florida’s vacant US Senate Seat . On Monday he did nothing to dampen the speculation.

“They are two incredible positions of public service, whether it’s the U.S. Senate or Governor,” Crist said. “So it’s a tough decision.”

National Democrats have spent the last two weeks running negative Crist ads in the Tallahassee market.

From all three cabinet offices to the Governor’s office, a Charlie Crist candidacy for the U.S. senate is likely to set off the biggest free-for-all in Florida politics in more than three decades.

All three Cabinet Officers are expected to seek the governor’s job, creating a domino effect across state office holders. Democratic spokesman Eric Jotkoff says he hopes Crist does try to go to Washington.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for democrats to make gains and we’re ready, we’re energized and organized to take advantage of this opportunity,” Jotkoff said.

The names of at least two democrats are mentioned for just about every statewide office, but the GOP chairman is working to minimize the number of people competing in a primary.

“He would like the party to be unified going into the 2010 election,” Republican Party spokesperson Katie Gordon said.

If Crist does jump into the Senate race he immediately becomes the frontrunner. But 18 months is a long time until the election and frontrunners have lost before.

The Governor says he will end the suspense on Tuesday, but a time and place is yet to be publicized.


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