Crist woos Dems, won’t answer caucus question, explains Greer refundby George Bennett | August 18th, 2010
COCONUT CREEK — Republican-turned-independent Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist courted Democratic voters this morning — but wouldn’t say whether he’d align with Democrats or the GOP if he’s elected in November.
“I’m not answering that question, because I’ve said that I will caucus with the people of Florida,” Crist told reporters after speaking to a crowd of about 500 at the heavily Democratic Wynmoor retirement community.
Crist was introduced by Democratic state Rep. Ari Porth, who has endorsed him. Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring and Republican Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti were also on hand, but said they have not made endorsements.
Crist recently refunded a $9,600 contribution from Jim Greer, the indicted former Republican Party of Florida chairman.
“He asked for it back, so I gave it to him,” said Crist.
But Crist said that doesn’t apply to anyone who asks for a refund.
Asked what was different about Greer, Crist said, “I think he really needed it.”
In his remarks, Crist touted his vetoes of an abortion ultrasound bill and a teacher merit pay law passed by the Republican legislature and bitterly opposed by Democrats. He also mentioned his work with former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler on legislation requiring a ballot paper trail in Florida — an issue popular with Democrats after the 2000 election controversy.