Contemporary polls, however, offer a different narrative. After Crist switched to the Democrats and changed positions on Obama­Care, taxation, and gay marriage, his lead over prospective opponent Alex Sink, the former state CFO, ballooned from 17 points to 25. And if he glides through the primaries, besting possible opponents such as Orlando's mayor, Buddy Dyer, he'll likely pummel the most unpopular governor in modern Florida history.

On a recent Wednesday, following another castigation of Rick Scott at a news conference in downtown Tampa, Crist eases into his black SUV. The leather interior, except for the sanitized aroma of Brut, is sterile. There isn't a crumb on the dashboard, not a document in the back seat. The only vestige of personality is in a side compartment — the album Time and Tide, by Polish jazz singer Basia.

Crist (right) played quarterback for the St. Pete High Green Devils.
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Crist (right) played quarterback for the St. Pete High Green Devils.
Crist; his wife, Carole; and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz greet fans at a rally in Hollywood.
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Crist; his wife, Carole; and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz greet fans at a rally in Hollywood.

Crist is talking about his political evolution. "You know, people say all the time that you plan this or you plan that to get somewhere," he says, steering the vehicle onto I-275. "But for me, none of it was planned. It just happened. And some days, I have to pinch myself. It's like a dream."

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Brandon Yen
Brandon Yen

I live in fl. and I would welcome Charlie Crist back as a governor instead of Rick Scott.

harveycop
harveycop

I like Charlie and want him back in Tallahassee

FatHand
FatHand

He probably didn't reach his full potential as a QB because, at least according to the picture accompanying this article, he smoked hookah on the sidelines of his football games.

FatHand
FatHand

I agree that obviously Crist would be better than Rick Scott. But what Florida's Dems need to ask themselves is, in a situation where you have an incredibly unpopular and (by all appearances) beatable incumbant Republican, are you going to use that opportunity to nominate somebody that has spent his entire political career as a Republican (until he was about to lose a primary)?

mcytmaccracker
mcytmaccracker

@FatHand as an independent, I would vote for Scott before Charlie. At least he's honest about his slimy ness.

 
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