Publisher promises Crist memoir will be ‘frank,’ ‘very frank’ and ‘no-holds-barred’by George Bennett | July 10th, 2013
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.”