April 30th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Crist's party switch a 'Hail Mary' pass?

 Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist wants independents to back his bid to become Florida's next senator. But he might not be exactly what they are looking for.
Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist wants independents to back his bid to become Florida's next senator. But he might not be exactly what they are looking for.

(CNN) – Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist wants independents to back his bid to become Florida's next senator. But he might not be exactly what they are looking for.

"I should be a textbook supporter of Charlie Crist's independent candidacy because I'm a centrist and an independent," said John Avlon, an expert on independent voters. "But I'm not. ... Instead of having principle and disagreements with his party, he seems opportunistic."

On Thursday, Crist announced that he will run as an independent in the Florida Senate race against Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek - who now faces a primary challenger. On Friday, Florida real estate investor Jeff Greene jumped into the hunt for the Democratic nomination.

Avlon, author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America" and "Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics," said Crist's decision comes down to political calculus, something independents dislike.

"Charlie Crist has a much better chance of winning a general election than he does a close partisan primary - especially in a season of overheated rhetoric that is overcoming the Republican Party," Avlon said. "By no means [is this] a slam dunk for Charlie Crist. It's a bit more of a Hail Mary."

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. TCM

    He's simply not trusted, especially in Florida. What's the first thing he does after claiming he's a republican, and the changes to an independent, he immediately calls Rahm Emanuel, one of the dirtiest people on the planet....this shows that Crist is only out for Crist...and the polls in Florida will crush him. Only the fringe liberal loon media are keeping the Obama facade alive; true Americans know, and have seen for themselves that this administration is a disaster...go ahead, Crist, hit re-dial! Your true character is showing!

    April 30, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Dale

    Floridians, if you are sick of "lesser of two evils" party politics as usual, this is your opportunity to show it by voting in an independent.

    Partisanship is a disease.

    April 30, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Hows that oil slick coming along drillers?

    Poor Charlie,just admit that Florida is a sewer with a theme park,a billion trailor homes and Rush Limbaugh.hahaha

    April 30, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Tired Ant

    Crist is the worst kind of politician... one who is willing to jump ship and do whatever possible to stay on the gravy train when it's clear you've had your clock cleaned by the voters.

    April 30, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Anyone who fervently supports the emergence of a 3rd party should zealously support the GOP's beeline for the extreme right and its inquisition-style purging of all those whom they consider ideological heretics. The GOP is doing you a favor.

    April 30, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Some republican guy

    Holy Shnikeys!!! Those narcisstic elitest obamabots are at it again!!! They beamed they're brainwashing rays from there secret base in Cuba and pointed them at Florida and hit Crist right in the noggin!!!! Now he's a teleprompter reading socialist obamatron trying to destroy this country and take away our birth certificates!!!! Wise up, real Americans!!! Soon the Oprah watching union thugs and libtarded illeagle aliens from ACORN will come marching to you're neighborhood!!! There going to take us all to the reeducation camps and make you and you're grandbabies wear Chay Guevarro t-shirts and black buray hats with red stars and drink peeno nwar!!!!!! If you don't believe me, just go to a blue state and see how they drive!!!! Empeach them all and succeed from the union before its to late!!!!!!! Have a nice day!

    April 30, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. tess

    scum-bag of the first order! after nov. he will have more time to devote to his narcissitic tan – as phony as he is – just GO AWAY and live off your wive's money.

    April 30, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The man changed his suit to look better to the public the suit is new but its still the same man .

    April 30, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It may be a Hail Mary, but sometimes receivers catch those. Crist will pull support away from Rubio.

    April 30, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |