By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The former Florida governor tried to steal the stage from the RNC and Tropical Storm Isaac over the weekend by endorsing President Barack Obama. This was followed by an announcement that he would speak at the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte next week. The GOP would have been better off ignoring Crist, but the party took the bait.
The RPOF reminded Florida Democrats of Charlie’s volumes of proclamations on policies and politics that would make any Democrat pause. Statements such as: “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican …” Or his Twitter posting in 2012: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.”
Monday at the RPOF’s morning breakfast, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said of Crist, “He’s the Governor Moonbeam of Florida” — a reference to the moniker for his state’s governor, Jerry Brown.
None of this would matter if it weren’t for the speculation that Crist has his eye on running for governor again — as a Democrat. Gov. Rick Scott’s poll numbers suggest he is vulnerable. But considering Scott spent almost $70 million of his own money to squeak by Alex Sink and could do it again, a serious challenge from the Democrats is unlikely.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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