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Ex-Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist Files to Seek the Office Again, This Time as Democrat

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The state Division of Elections posted the filing on its website Friday. Crist couldn't be immediately reached for comment, but has an announcement scheduled for Monday morning in St. Petersburg.

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JL A (281)
Friday November 1, 2013, 3:11 pm
While this switch is in keeping with earlier choices, perhaps because Crist understood earlier than most the demise the TP would bring to the GOP, it also becomes a model that others in the GOP might choose to emulate to similarly free themselves of the chains and shackles the TP brings.

Laura H (964)
Friday November 1, 2013, 5:49 pm
Charlie-welcome to the sane and caring side...good luck to you!

Mitchell D (104)
Friday November 1, 2013, 6:40 pm
"Rick Scott has a record of success to run on...." Well, I guess that if one is the chair of the GOP, in Florida, one can say any inane thing and expect people to believe it.
IF... the Florida election will be an honest one, and Scott wins...nah, I'm speechless!

Jason S (50)
Friday November 1, 2013, 7:11 pm
Good posting, thanks

Laurie H (817)
Friday November 1, 2013, 7:54 pm
A breath of fresh air!!!!! Welcome back Charlie!!!~ TY Carrie!!!~

Diane O (194)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3:10 am
Over 300,000 Floridians have lost their insurance. If I were Crist, I wouldn't show my face as a democrat in the state of Florida. He may see tomatoes thrown at him.

Crist has no other place to go....he ran as a Republican, then an Independent, now a Democrat...perhaps he should just run as a "tanned guy." He works hard on his tan.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3:39 am
Noted. but I'm certain he will not find love as a democrat.

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3:45 am
Noted. I'm glad I no longer live in Florida. It's almost comical to think about this race. Democrat or Republican, Charlie Crist won't make a better Governor than he did previously. On the off-chance one of his cronies will read this, I have a couple of recommendations for him should he win: Make "The Sunshine State" truly the sunshine state - make your name for having the best solar energy in the country! Get the experts, get lots of jobs going, the possibilities are endless! My other suggestion, don't return Federal dollars as did your predecessor; FL needs whatever help it can get...desparately!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3:51 am
One should not praise the day before it is over and one should not condemn it either.

Jonathan H (0)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 4:01 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 6:33 am
I hope he means to really take the side of democratic issues. When they change parties it's always possible they just want to win.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 6:47 am
Horse cookies.

Janis K (127)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 6:59 am

. (0)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 7:56 am
Good news! Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Louise D (44)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 9:05 am
Given that the current governor Lord Voldemort/ Rick Scott, a shiny-headed teabagger was elected despite having committed the largest Medicare/Medicaid fraud in the US and the largest financial fraud in Florida history. So even a moderate Republican doesn't stand a chance especially when the cards are stacked against him due to the madness of the Tea Party and although Rick Scott one of the most unpopular chief executives in the country. Scott, though, will be well-financed and is expected to spend as much as $25 million in attack ads against Crist. So judging by the attacks the Republicans have been using against Crist suggest that there is going to be a particularly dirty fight to say the least.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 9:09 am
Good luck, Chuck. Just remember, if you get elected as a Democrat, you'll have to act like one.

Diane O (194)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 11:34 am
Crist is a political whore. He goes where he thinks he might get elected. He has no original ideas. He is simply a guy who loves to bathe in the sun and run with those he feels are the big dogs. A politician cannot go from one political bed to another and expect to be taken seriously. He is old news. Hope he uses a good sun screen.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:40 pm
The Democratic Party would be better off expelling DINOs, not giving them money! DINOs in General are a real threat to the Democratic Party's basic ideal. I absolutely hate Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL.), he has done more harm to the Democrats than ex. Gov. Rod Blagojevich ever did! It took 2 trials to get Rod convicted of bogus charges…it only took one term to prove Quinn is just a stinking DINO as bad as the RepubliCONs who bankrupted Illinois for 30 freaking years before Rod!
Business money is moving to the Democrats because of Tea Party stupidity & Charlie sees where the money is going. But I'm sure that's NOT a good thing..people are so attention deficit these days they will forget what he Really is & real Democrats will be lost..:(

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 2:59 pm
Compared to Rick Scott, almost any actual Republican probably IS a Democrat. Anyone besides me ever wonder whether Rick is a robot?

Deborah W (6)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 10:41 pm
If at first you don't suceed, try, try again ... and again ... and again ... and again.

Susanne R (234)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:12 am
According to the Sun Sentinel -September 24, 2013 | By Chan Lowe

"This is one of those feel-good stories you don’t hear very often. The last one I can remember was when the Florida Legislature’s attempt to curtail the voting rights of minorities and other assorted likely Democratic voters created a backlash that actually increased turnout by those groups.

Now we have the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, who refuse to acknowledge that Obamacare is the law of the land, duly passed by Congress and even upheld by the Roberts Supreme Court. This time, They’ve done everything they possibly can to gum up the works in hopes it will fail.

As a final nail in the coffin, Scott ordered the state health department to prevent access to its offices by Obamacare “navigators,” those trained to help the average citizen thread his way through the thickets of the insurance exchanges. These offices happen to be the best places to find underserved, uninsured people who are in desperate need of health care, so it would make sense to locate in them. But it’s more important to Scott to see the Affordable Care Act fail than to aid those it was designed to help.

Fortunately, Broward and Pinellas counties, whose local governments happen to put the welfare of their citizens before political ideology, have come up with an ingenious work-around to the navigator problem, to wit: since the buildings belong to the counties in question, and the state only leases space in them, the owners (the counties) have control over who does and does not have access. Welcome, navigators.

That Rick Scott and the Legislature would rather see the citizens of their state fall sick and die than hand Barack Obama a political victory means that they have, at the very least, a wobbly moral compass. They can spout all the righteous small-government dogma they want, but ultimately they are no better than passersby who stand and shoot video with their cellphones rather than help a heart attack victim on the street.

Over the years, the Broward County Commission and its shenanigans have been a source of recurring shame. For once, by voting 8-1 to allow access by ACA Navigators, commissioners can stand tall, knowing that they’ve done the right thing for their people. I hate to say it, but, "Bravo!"
If it's true that over 300,000 Floridians "lost" their health insurance, it's only because the policies they had were substandard. In other words, they were "bare bones" policies, most often referred to as "junk insurance," that costs next to nothing because it covers next to nothing. But of course you already knew that, Diane.
According to the Orlando Sentinel

"Consider Wednesday's big economic story: A company called HealthPlan Services announced it would add 1,000 jobs in Tampa over the next five years.

Gov. Rick Scott was on hand to celebrate the announcement and, by extension, take some credit for the expansion. His office sent out an email touting the news, saying it was more evidence of Florida's economic comeback.

"Today’s announcement is proof that our efforts to make Florida the top state in the nation for business and families are paying off," it said.

Left unsaid was this almost-poetic bit of irony:

HealthPlan Services is adding people largely because of the new national health-care law pushed by President Barack Obama and fiercely opposed by most Republicans, including (at least initially) Scott.

In fact, as the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Bousquet reminds us, Scott called the health-care law "the biggest job killer ever," last year in an interview with FOX News.

He toned that down a bit Wednesday -- saying the law will still "have an adverse effect on jobs" -- choosing instead to talk up the promise of new jobs.
"When you announce a lot of jobs, it's fun," Scott said. "You know the old United Way thermometer? That's how I think about my job."
Crazy Rick is as happy as a clam to take credit for the new jobs the Affordable Care Act is creating --even as he tries his best to keep it from being implemented.
Finally, according to the "The Raw Story," in an article titled "Florida Dem. calls Rick Scott ‘Governor Loco’ over Obamacare block" by Arturo Garcia Friday, September 13, 2013:

"The head of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Democratic Party ripped Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday, blaming Scott for his administration’s latest move against the Affordable Care Act.

“Earlier you were saying that elections have consequences,” Annette Taddeo told Schultz. “Well, in Florida we have a big consequence in ‘Governor Loco,’ Rick Scott. He has decided [that] we cannot have healthcare at any cost. He doesn’t about us — the people who live here, and who need this health insurance.”

Taddeo also pointed out that nearly a quarter of the 4 million Floridians currently lacking health insurance are Latinos, which she said made her wonder what Scott was thinking, a reference to the state health department barring outreach workers for the law (commonly known as Obamacare) from helping patients sign up for the healthcare exchanges it will implement as of Oct. 1.

Scott has opposed letting the workers, known as “navigators,” into the state’s county facilities, arguing that he was concerned over patients’ private information being fed into a federal database.

“He is truly, truly insane,” Taddeo argued to Schultz, saying Republicans have disseminated misinformation about the law in both English- and Spanish-language media without proposing their own alternative.

“That’s their mission,” Schultz responded. “If they can turn it to a negative — If you can go back to people a year from now, people saying, ‘Well, I didn’t sign up for Obamacare, I didn’t know anything about it,’ it’s really limiting access to people to health care, and they’re using government resources to do it.”

If you want to hear it directly from the horse's mouth --or should I say 'Governor Loco's mouth-- click on the following link: Watch Schultz’s interview with Taddeo, aired Friday on MSNBC

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 5:11 pm
noted good news ty!!!!!
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