Former(ly Republican) Florida Governor

Monday, February 03, 2014

Florida Governor Charlie Crist speaks during the 826/836 Interchange Project Dedication Ceremony on April 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, author of The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat (co-written with Ellis Henican (Dutton, 2014)), talks about why he switched from the Republican to Democratic party and his campaign to reclaim the office.


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Comments [15]

On Friday's Bill Maher, Maher slammed Bill deB for withdrawing the post of the his campaign press manager for her relationship with Spitzer. Was this, in fact, why she was not made the mayor's press secretary? What justification - other than puritanism - was used for this decision?

Feb. 03 2014 11:31 AM
Robert from NYC

That has been my question. who the hell are these s who vote for the tea baggers! Yep i said baggers. It's the voters fault.

Feb. 03 2014 11:06 AM
Sue from NY

Wait a minute, we ALWAYS had a right of self defense, long before the Koch brothers and their ALEC cronies dreamed up "Stand Your Ground." So getting rid of that radical, gun-crazy, failed law would not deprive citizens of the right of self defense. It's a failed law and I don't buy Mr. Crist's continued defense of it, even if he says he wants to tinker with it.

Feb. 03 2014 11:05 AM

What does Christ think about compensating Florida teachers as well as teachers from New York? (who are taking their NY retirement benefits to low tax states like Florida who don't compensate their teachers well).

Feb. 03 2014 11:03 AM
David Ezell from Seattle

What about his sexual hypocrisy? the man is an old South closet case. Google for the news stories abut payoffs and closeted lovers. This guy is the problem with politics. His "truth" is far from it and changes with the wind.

Feb. 03 2014 11:01 AM

Hmm...Governor Crist contends that the GOP has changed while *he* has remained the same. Many have stated the same thing, "I didn't leave the party. The party left me." Stay and make change from within or get out and point out why you cannot stay. Unfortunately, no one trusts when an elected politician does it because it is impossible to separate principle from self-interest. A fairly eternal struggle for any individual, couple or nation.

Feb. 03 2014 11:01 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

ANSWER- He knows that the other Democrats will call him out as a DINO and will suppress voter enthusiasm.


Feb. 03 2014 11:00 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Hi Brian - Would you ask the governor why other decent Republicans like him don't leave the corrupted Republican party, or speak out about it? I've found it baffling how they've allowed radicals to seize their party and they say nothing. Thanks.

Feb. 03 2014 10:59 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Why is he refusing to debate other DEMOCRAT candidates in the Democrat primary?

Feb. 03 2014 10:58 AM
Dina from NYC

His friend Jeb Bush?!
The man who's father gave us the clear-eyed Clearance Thomas? Let's not even talk about Job Bush's brother - the neoconservative.

No shocker if this "Dem" endorses J. Bush for president.
This guy is a Dem in name only - DINO.

Feb. 03 2014 10:56 AM
Sue from NY

OK, the "leadership went nuts" but even before that the policies of the GOP have been garbage for years.

Does Mr. Crist no longer believe in the GOP's policies? E.g., worship of the "free" market, so-called trickle-down economics which experience has show is a fraud, tax laws that help the rich and disadvantage the rest of us, etc.

Feb. 03 2014 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Good luck Charlie and all the best to you.

Feb. 03 2014 10:55 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Oh, please give this liar some tough questions.

Who can trust this opportunist?

Feb. 03 2014 10:55 AM
Karen from NYC

I meant the ACA -- typo!

Feb. 03 2014 10:50 AM
Karen from NYC

My sister, cousins and I had a ferocious Facebook fight last week about whether Florida was a desirable place to live. The cousins live in Florida; I live in NYC; my sister splits her time between FL and NY.

Why, I asked, would anyone want to live in a state that will not pass any kind of gun regulation legislation; has rejected expanded Medicaid and the AHA; has a governor -- the current one -- who is a right-wing extremist; and, although it is sinking into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf, refuses to recognize the reality of climate change.

Other than warm winters, no state income tax and Carl Hiaasen, whattaya got?

Feb. 03 2014 10:49 AM

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