Former Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist continues his very unsubtle shift to the left and possibly a go at the governors mansion.
On Tuesday, Crist endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Keith Fitzgerald over his former campaigning mate, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota.
"I'm not here to run anybody down," Crist told Bay 9 News. "I'm here to support my friend. A lot of things have changed over the years, particularly with my former party. I'm so happy and much more comfortable being where I am right now."
This is the same Crist who stumped for Buchanan in the 2006 and 2008 House races, whom Buchanan backed as Crist sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
It is an honor to support Governor Charlie Crists candidacy for the United States Senate, Buchanan wrote in 2009.
Governor Crists record of accomplishment, of cutting property taxes, protecting Second Amendment rights and promoting family values with Florida achieving a record number of adoptions shows that Charlie Crist is a common-sense conservative ready to fight for Florida as her next United States senator. I am proud to stand by his side.
The Republican Party of Florida wasted little time offering their latest criticism of Crist as a man who not only would stab his friend in the back but would turn on his own principles.
Another day, another friend betrayed by Charlie Crist and his blind ambition, RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry stated in a release on Tuesday.
It would be funny if it weren't so sad to watch Crist, a self-described pro-life, pro-gun, pro-family, anti-Obamacare conservative, abandoning his friends, whom he endorsed and raised money for, to embrace people and values he has opposed his entire political career. This is just another sad but clear example of the two faces of Charlie Crist."
Crist in the past two months has endorsed President Obama, spoken at the Democratic National Convention and attended the Florida Hillsborough County Democratic Party at the Tampa Convention Center -- attending as the guest of his wife who has joined the states minority party.
Speculation has continued to grow that he will take a run at the Democratic nomination for governor against Gov. Rick Scott in 2014, despite his assertions that he won't.
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