Butterworth jumps on Crist bandwagonby Jane Musgrave | October 29th, 2010
ORLANDO —Yet another high-ranking Florida Democrat is endorsing independent Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race.
Before a cheering crowd of educators at the Florida Education Association annual delegate meeting, former Attorney General Bob Butterworth announced he is supporting Crist over his party’s candidate, Democrat Kendrick Meek.
“I am a moderate. I am a realist. I am a proud Democrat,” he said. “As a proud Democrat, I give my full support to Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate.
Afterward, Butterworth told reporters his decision was pragmatic. “I love Kendrick Meek,” he said, echoing the words of many Democrats that have abandoned the congressman in recent weeks. However, he said, after talking to co-workers at his Fort Lauderdale law firm and friends, he became convinced: “Kendrick Meek cannot win this seat.”
Butterworth was appointed by Crist to head the Florida Department of Children & Families – one of the governor’s first bipartisan appointments.
Current DCF secretary George Sheldon, a Democrat who ran against Crist for the now defunct educator commissioner position, joined Butterworth and Crist on the stage to announce he was endorsing his boss as well.