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Publisher promises Crist memoir will be ‘frank,’ ‘very frank’ and ‘no-holds-barred’

by George Bennett | July 10th, 2013

Then-Republican Crist in 2009, about to participate in the Man Hug Heard 'Round The World with President Obama.

Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist will publish a memoir that his publisher says will include a “no-holds-barred” look at his partisan journey with a “frank indictment” of the GOP and “very frank” opinions of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin “and other top-tier Republicans.”

The title is The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat. It’s slated for publication by Dutton in the winter of 2014 — about the time many expect Crist to be kicking a Democratic campaign for governor into high gear.

Lifelong Republican Crist was elected governor as the GOP nominee in 2006, was on John McCain‘s list of potential running mates in 2008 and launched a campaign for Senate in 2009 in which he styled himself as a conservative Republican. After falling behind Rubio in the Republican Senate primary, Crist became an independent in 2010 and got 29.7 percent as a no-party candidate in the general election. He campaigned and raised money with gusto for President Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2012, speaking at the Democratic National Convention and announcing in December that he would switch his voter registration to Democrat.

It’s a much-recounted story, and now Crist and co-author Ellis Henican will tell it in book form.

“For the first time, in The Party’s Over, he will offer a comprehensive account of why he believes Democrats have the right vision for the nation’s future,” says a Dutton press release. The publisher also promises “a no-holds-barred memoir of his journey from Republican to Democrat. He will name names and offer a frank indictment of the failings of the Republican Party.”

11 Responses to “Publisher promises Crist memoir will be ‘frank,’ ‘very frank’ and ‘no-holds-barred’”

  1. Appropriate Says:

    It will surely be enough to set him up for life… even if he loses the race…

  2. Shady Charlie Says:

    Every political turncoat, traitor and backstabber will buy the book as a useful “how-to” guide. Machiavelli has found his new 21st century “Prince”.

  3. registered independent Says:

    As a registered independent who voted for Reagan, Bush 1, Kerry, etc etc. I have come to the conclusion that the real problem is political parties themselves. They divide peoples loyalties away from their country (or state) and to a party who is more interested in its own power at the expense of what is good for the country. I suggest we all become independent and worry about the country and not a political entity. Given that, Rick Scott is pure selfish ideological evil

  4. Dweemus Says:

    By the winter of 2014 the gubernatorial campaign will be over, not ‘kicking into high gear.’ Do reporters no longer do even minimal fact-checking before publishing an article these days?

  5. GOP Says:

    Even as a Democrat we still prefer Charlie over Rick.

  6. Frankie Says:

    Charlie’s going to come clean? This should be interesting.

  7. Ted the Nimble Says:

    His book should be titled: “My Party’s Over”. He always has been a liberal (Democrat) hiding behind the name “Republican” to get elected. He is spineless and has zero backbone. He will run in the true traditions of Edwards, Weiner, T. Kennedy and Barak Hussein Obama. All very similar in character and integrity.

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