Charlie Crist

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    July 26, 2010

    Newsweek Resurrects Charlie Crist's Campaign, Insults Florida Voters

    This guy is really Florida's best hope?​Last week, just as his pissing match with the state Legislature over oil drilling in the Gulf reached ludicrous proportions, Charlie Crist got a big, wet boost to his Senate campaign from the national press.In a Newsweek article, "The Resurrection of Crist" ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Rubio Trying to Energize GOP Base Against Crist

    We've entered the home stretch in the race for U.S. Senate, and Marco Rubio is neck-and-neck with Charlie Crist. Which of these jockeys can whip his horse into a higher gear in the three months before the election? The momentum is clearly on Crist's side, as evidenced by this week's profile of ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    UPDATED: Why Does the South Florida Tea Party Agree With the New York Times?

    The latest PR splash for the South Florida Tea Party pairs the conservative activists with a strange bedfellow, the New York Times.  Even weirder, the much-ridiculed protest group appears to have chosen a worthy cause.  Tomorrow, the activists plan to protest Charlie Crist's $536 million ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    All Signs Point to Crist Veto of Pro-Life Bill

    A bill that would require women in Florida to pay for an ultrasound before getting an abortion will tell us much about whether Charlie Crist the Republican has had major philosophical shifts since he became Charlie Crist the independent.If he vetoes it, Marco Rubio will brand Crist a hypocrite and s ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Greer Case More Proof That Crist Was a Magnet for Bad Guys

    Flickr: linnette alissaAccording to the ​attorney for indicted former Republican Party Chair Jim Greer, both Charlie Crist and George LeMieux knew of Victory Strategies, the shell company to which Greer is accused of diverting party donations for his personal spending. Are you surprised? You shoul ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Crist Political Tidal Wave Powered by Oil Spill

    I'm not saying that Charlie Crist is happy about the oil spill, but since it's happened anyway, Crist may as well use it to engineer a surge in the Senate race. This appearance yesterday on CBS This Morning was particularly strong for him. Wearing a polo that screams "volunteer," he gets to talk ab ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Rubio Hits Crist Over GOP Chair Scandal

    We knew that was coming, didn't we? Marco Rubio borrows footage from a Sun-Sentinel editorial meeting with Charlie Crist to show how the governor defended Jim Greer even as it became evident that the Florida Republican Party chairman had been mishandling -- if not stealing -- party money.There shou ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Morning Juice: Prison for Bev Gallagher; Oil Nears Panhandle

    ​Here's a glance at what's in the local headlines:It's not quite the Miracle on the Hudson, but a small plane made a safe emergency landing in a field just short of the Fort Lauderdale airport's runway. It narrowly missed hitting a home. [WPLG-5]Broward County School Board member Beverly Gallagher ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    UPDATED: Florida Bong Ban Passes (Does Not Puff Puff)​Despite organized opposition from smoke shop owners across the state, the Florida Senate passed a bill that will effectively shut down most headshops in the Sunshine State. Under the so-called "Bong Bill," the only shops allowed to sell water pipes will be stores where the sale of tobac ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    [UPDATED] It's Splitsville for Charlie Crist's Broward Bromance

    ​While he was a Republican Senate candidate, Charlie Crist didn't have an inner circle so much as a triangle. And all three points on that triangle were from Broward County. George LeMieux, the governor's former chief of staff, whom Crist appointed to the U.S. Senate last August; Eric Eikenberg, w ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Meek to Use Elena Kagan to Siphon Moderate Votes from Crist

    ​The hard part of being the independent in a three-way race is that you can't always play it down the middle politically. Likely Democratic candidate for Senate Kendrick Meek is trying to force Charlie Crist's hand: Does Crist support the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan or not?In his Washi ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Rubio Campaign Lashes Crist for the "One Job" He Cares About

    OK, so the housing bubble that exploded in Florida, then the world, may not entirely be Charlie Crist's fault. But that 12.3 percent unemployment figure in the state is just too enticing for Marco Rubio's campaign to resist, especially now that it's looking to keep Republican centrists from bolting ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Still No Takers on Crist Uncloseted Meme; Pundits Say Charlie Doesn't Need "Game-Changer"

    ​In a U.S. Senate race that has already had so many spectacular plot twists, can anyone blame me for hoping that the biggest shocker is yet to come? But for the Crist-Comes-Outta-the-Closet meme to take hold, it will take some brave pundits besides me to give him a helpful nudge.So with that in mi ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Obama's Crist Line Falls Flat at Correspondents' Dinner

    You just knew that Charlie Crist would appear in a punch line during Obama's speech at the correspondents' dinner. It comes around the seven-minute mark of the video above. He and his speechwriters decided to merge that with a crack about the couple that crashed political parties last year. The tex ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    "Maestro" Doesn't Like Charlie's New Tune

    FlickrLeMieux's an expert on self-preservation, much like his star pupil, Crist.​The friendship between Charlie Crist and his chief handler, Broward native George LeMieux appears to be one of the casualties of the 2010 Senate race. Today LeMieux, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Crist last ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    No Time Like Present for Crist to Come Out of Closet

    Flickr: Linnette Alissa​If Charlie Crist is closeted gay -- and New Times' Bob Norman has compiled lots of circumstantial evidence to suggest that's the case, despite Crist's past denials -- then his departure from the GOP removes perhaps the biggest political obstacle to coming out of the closet. ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Live-Blogging Crist's Independence Day

    Sorry, that's the best we could do for a dramatic video lead-in on such short notice. Anyway, Charlie Crist's about ready to step to the mic and make it official. Follow us after the jump for the MSNBC feed and commentary.

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    April 26, 2010

    Would Crist Be to Republicans What Lieberman Is to Democrats?

    The Crist-Rubio discussion comes in around the 1:45 mark. There really are similarities between the decision facing Charlie Crist and the one that Sen. Joe Lieberman faced in 2006 after he lost the Democrat primary. Of course, Lieberman opted to run as a third-party candidate, winning the general e ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    First Peek at What an Independent Charlie Crist Looks Like

    Charlie Crist hasn't officially declared he'll run as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. But in the video above, from Saturday, it's clear that he's laying the groundwork for exactly that. Crist's veto of Senate Bill 6 -- the teacher merit pay bill -- makes a perfect springboard for an indep ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Jim Greer: Enjoyed the Spoils of Cronyism a Bit Too Much

    Greer​If you ever find yourself being interviewed for a job with Charlie Crist, don't worry about such things as a crummy résumé or a pending criminal investigation. Just give an answer of "Hell, yes!" to the question of whether you'll be loyal to the Crist political franchise.Judging by this fa ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Morning Juice: Crist Veto May Signal Indy Run; Life for Killer in Sunrise

    ​A glance through the Friday-morning headlines:Charlie Crist's veto of Senate Bill 6 has touched off conflict with fellow state Republicans, leading to more speculation that Crist will declare as an independent in the race for U.S. Senate. [Sun-Sentinel]The tea partiers did their tax-day thing out ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Crist Chooses Popularity Over Politics, Vetoes Bill on Teacher Merit Pay

    Flickr: kevinamblerTo sign? Or not to sign?​Everywhere Charlie Crist goes on the campaign trail lately, the teachers have him. Yesterday stalked him all the way to his office.And today, he vetoed Senate Bill 6, a piece of legislation that gave him an opportunity to prove with action what he's expr ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Crist to Decide on the Most Heated Bill Since Our 42nd President

    Source: flgov.comWill he or won't he?​In recent press, Gov. Crist has said that he's human. That's what Palm Beach County school teachers are counting on as Crist, currently campaigning for the Senate, reviews a bill that would end tenure and hinge teachers' pay on student performance on standardi ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Noun, Verb Marco Rubio: Giuliani Slams Crist, Hits Talk Show Circuit for Rubio

    Gotta love how Fox & Friends skips the pleasantries and fires away with the tough question to Rudy Giuliani about whether his endorsement of Marco Rubio is payback for Charlie Crist's treachery in 2008.And yet, by the eager way he answered the question, it's almost like Giuliani told Fox & ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Marco Rubio's Attack on Charlie Crist's Supreme Court Pick a Solid Half Truth

    Much of the analysis in the media about yesterday's Marco Rubio-Charlie Crist debate on Fox News Sunday was spent on Rubio's "slush fund," as the governor put it. But among the other jabs thrown by both sides: that Crist has appointed liberal judges to the Florida Supreme Court.The attack comes at 1 ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    [UPDATED] Some Atheists Cruised, Others Cursed by Crist

    Photo: JREFWhile a religious war broke out in Florida, atheist in chief James Randi hit the beach.​An atheist named Michael Middlebrooks has accused Gov. Charlie Crist of having a bigoted view of nonbelievers following what he said was a brief encounter in St. Petersburg on March 5. Millbrooks des ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Rubio Secretly Hoping Crist Declares as Independent?

    Flickr​A pollster's analysis of Florida's Senate race suggests that if Charlie Crist declared as an independent candidate, he would be doing adversary Marco Rubio a big favor. Public Policy Polling found that while Rubio has flipped the race in the Republican primary, he may be a tad too conservat ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Florida's First Couple Attend Weekend Event (Together!)

    Above: video evidence that Gov. Charlie Crist is acquainted with his wife, Carole. The two can be seen together at a party in New Port Richey. It's not clear whether they came together or if they bumped into each other by sheer coincidence. The legitimacy of this marriage has been in question since ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Wearing Sweatpants in Public: A Sign of Crist Coming to Terms With Defeat?

    Sweatpants aren't just comfortable exercise attire. They're also a subtle way of telling the world you've just. Stopped. Trying. In the video above, it's hard to tell whether Gov. Charlie Crist has reached that point in his senatorial campaign -- or if he really is on the way to a race, as he claims ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    All Eyes on Obama-Crist Greeting; Hands Above the Waist, Gentlemen!

    Flickr: pauldfullerObama and Crist: a political Romeo and Juliet​Let's be real. Charlie Crist isn't trailing in the Senate race because he's a weak leader who surrounds himself with a coterie of crooked businessmen and conflicted advisers. No, those would be legitimate reasons. Rather, he's traili ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    A Bad Time to Be Charlie's Frat Brother

    Crist and his Delta Lambda brothers.​It used to be the best gravy train on the tracks: If you were a frat brother of Charlie Crist at Florida State, you could practically name your job. Harry Sargeant landed a prestigious gig as the finance chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Crist appoin ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Crist's "Split Attention" and the Haitian Crisis

    Flickr user: UNDP GlobalWill Haitian refugees be welcomed in South Florida?​It's hard to watch the footage of injured, homeless Haitians without remembering the desperate Katrina survivors on the rooftops of New Orleans. Soon, the Katrina refugees were taken in by sympathetic citizens across the U ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Gambling Compact Bounced From Committee; Setback for Crist, LeMieux

    ​In yet another demonstration of Charlie Crist's plummeting stock in the state Republican Party, a legislative committee has rejected the compact his office hammered out with the Seminole Tribe last year that would have allowed the Seminoles to keep theirLas Vegas-style games in exchange for a ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Will Haitian Quake Be Crist's 9/11?

    Flickr: The PeacekeepersA scene from yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.​Charlie Crist juggled his schedule so he could fly down to Miami-Dade, where a press conference will be staged to comfort the Haitian people. But however little Crist has to lose in his Senate race against Marco Rubi ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Dishy Campaign Book Describes How Crist Overplayed Hand With McCain

    Flickr: lowraineMcCain and Crist on the campaign trail in West Palm Beach.​It's hard to fathom, but some dishy new campaign tell-all book casts Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as a treacherous, ruthlessly self-interested politician looking to sell his endorsement in the 2008 presidential campaign to wh ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Governor's Office in No Hurry to Replenish Scandal-Plagued Hospital Board

    Flickr​Among the many problems at the North Broward Hospital District (a pending criminal corruption investigation, a pending internal investigation for fraud, to name a couple), the district's board currently has an attendance problem. The kind that only Gov. Charlie Crist can fix.The governor ap ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    A How-To Kit for Campaign Suicide, by Charlie Crist

    Flickr: gary_rominWas this photo taken in Crist's campaign HQs?​Since late last year, when Sen. Mel Martinez announced he wouldn't be running for reelection to his seat in 2010, it was Charlie Crist's to lose. He was one of the nation's most popular governors, with a knack for charming his detract ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist Ducks Questions From Conspiracy Theorists

    There's Charlie Crist trying to warm up an otherwise frosty crowd in Clearwater. None chillier than the men behind the camera, who (judging by the herky-jerky camera) are quivering in anticipation of rubbing elbows with the governor and U.S. Senate candidate.Awesome intro music, by the way. I thoug ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Should Politicians Have Known to Steer Clear of Rothstein?

    Flickr​In his interview yesterday with the Sun-Sentinel, Charlie Crist said that he considered Scott Rothstein a "friend." He said that until Rothstein's Ponzi scheme was discovered, Crist gave the Fort Lauderdale attorney the "benefit of the doubt." It appears Rothstein enjoyed the same status wi ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Rothstein Funded Charlie Crist's VP Effort

    Remember how Charlie Crist emerged on the "short list" to become John McCain's running mate last year? Maloman Photographers Crist with the Rothsteins at Versace mansion wedding.​Well, the behind-the-scenes money that helped make that happen came from, yes, of course, Scott Rothstein. Tho ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Terrifying Numbers for Crist in Rasmussen Poll; Can He Save His Campaign?

    FlickrFor Crist, that shirt collar's fitting a little tighter these days.​So much for that insurmountable lead. Those are the latest numbers from Rasmussen, which finds Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio tied at 43.It's obvious that as Obama's popularity has plummeted among Florida Republicans -- and F ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Florida's Leading Republicans Offer Deafening Silence on Ethics Reform

    FlickrCrist: I'll pass this political football, thank you.​Three of the state's most influential Republicans have "talked the talk" on ethics reform in Florida, but yesterday we asked them to "walk the walk." Make a public statement backing the effort by the Florida Commission on Ethics to free it ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    A Crist-Miss Story: Florida's First Couple Celebrates First Anniversary... Separately

    ​Somehow, the marriage fraud for which Eric Affholter was convicted seems more honest than the marriage between Charlie Crist and Carole Rome. Both were high-profile attorneys for whom a marriage was rife with political intrigue. Only in Affholter's case, the marriage of his partner Pedro to a fem ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Will Charlie Crist, George LeMieux Back Bill for Empowering Ethics Commission?

    Whattaya say to ethics reform, Senator? ​A bill that would expand the powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics has a snowball's chance in hell of being passed by the state Legislature -- unless...Unless the effort should attract political champions in high places. Two men who can move this mount ... More >>

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    December 5, 2009

    Five Reasons Charlie Crist Wants You To Call A Phone Sex Line​If you haven't heard, the governor of this great state has been directing people to call a phone sex chat line.Anyone calling Charlie Crist's office heard a recording of the governor directing people to various social services, with URLs and phone numbers. The phone number he gave for F ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Charlie Crist's "Liberal Socialist" Agenda Revealed in Spooky Homemade Video

    "I got a big problem with you wanting to be the Senator of Florida," says the man in the video below, speaking in a folksy North Florida drawl to Charlie Crist. "Because in my opinion, after looking through your record as governor, I believe you are a Democrat. You are not a Republican. You're a Dem ... More >>

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