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Charlie Crist still ‘looking toward the fall’ for 2014 decision, responds to Scott’s stimulus blast

by George Bennett | September 3rd, 2013

Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he’s still “looking toward the fall” to make a decision on whether to run for governor as a Democrat in 2014.

In politics, “fall” is often said to begin the day after Labor Day, or at the beginning of the school year, or when football season cranks up. Crist noted in a brief interview today that fall “technically” begins Sept. 22.

Crist also said he plans to attend the Florid Democratic Party’s state conference Oct. 25-27 in Lake Buena Vista. The gathering is expected to be a candidate showcase, so it would probably behoove him to announce before then if he’s going to run.

Crist said he’ll be visiting former Palm Beach County commissioner Burt Aaronson later this week and speaking to Marion County Democrats on Sunday.

“I’m enjoying visiting my fellow Democrats around the state,” said Crist, who said he’s been getting “very positive” response.

Gov. Rick Scott, clearly expecting a Crist challenge next year, ripped his predecessor last week for embracing President Barack Obama and his stimulus bill in 2009.

Asked for his reaction, Crist said: “I think it’s interesting to watch an attack on taking stimulus money that ends up helping our teachers, our firefighters, our police officers and gets us out of a hole….You’ve got to exercise common sense and not nonsense.”

19 Responses to “Charlie Crist still ‘looking toward the fall’ for 2014 decision, responds to Scott’s stimulus blast”

  1. Florida Mom Says:

    It’s a sad day when I feel my vote is an anybody but the incumbent but yes, that is exactly how I will vote come 2014. I didn’t vote for Scott but was willing to give him a fair shake. Well, we see how that has turned out, Florida. It’s Anybody But Scott in 2014.

  2. Z Says:

    Charlie has my vote! He did more for the good of the citizens than any other governor that I can remember, and especially Scott!

  3. countdown Says:

    Please end the horror, evil, and criminal term of Scott

  4. Anna Says:

    It’s a sad day while the president pushes war with Deutch and DWS… And Crist visits Burt…there will be money mad through contract via Sargeant.

    Lock them up and throw away the key.

  5. Ralphie Boy Says:

    I thought Flip-Flopping Charlie learned his lesson and left politics. They just don’t learn.

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  8. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Charlie Crist says: “I’m confident that President “Barack Obama” is the right leader for our state and the nation,” Crist wrote.
    Crist acknowledged people in the Obama administration – though not the president himself – have encouraged him to run.
    Charlie Crist has his nose up the backside of Obama, that in itself tells me to run the other way.

  9. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Where are Charkie Crist’s closest friends to help him run for office?
    Jim Greer. Charlie Crist’s close friend and hand-picked chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from 2006 to 2010. Greer was facing a possible 75 years in prison for fraud, money laundering and theft — including a scheme to take $100,000 from the party for his personal expenses through a fundraising company he created, Victory Strategies LLC. In February he took a plea deal and faces a possible maximum sentence of 35 years.

  10. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Scott Rothstein??? Disbarred lawyer, former managing shareholder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm. He was accused of funding his philanthropy, political contributions, law firm salaries, and an extravagant lifestyle with a massive $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Before the scheme imploded in 2009, Rothstein and Charlie Crist were in regular and close contact, including the birthday party Rothstein gave for the governor, gifting him with $52,000 — $1,000 for every candle he blew out. Rothstein was sentenced to 50 years in 2010 and moved from the Federal Detention Center in Miami to an undisclosed location. His inmate number has been removed from the federal prisoner-locater Web page

  11. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Alan Mendelsohn. Former Hollywood ophthalmologist, GOP fundraiser, lobbyist and adviser to former Gov. Charlie Crist — was sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge alleging he was scheming to bilk the U.S. government — trying to hide $82,000 in political donations.

  12. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Too many of them, especially the ones involved with Charlie’s campaign cash, end up in the clink.

    Greg Eagle
    As we speak, another donor/bro is suiting up for the Big House. This time it’s Lee County real estate broker Greg Eagle. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Greg is the father of Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral.
    Greg is looking at 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million. He pleaded guilty to a trifecta of fraud charges — bank, mail and wire.

  13. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    I mentioned on another forum. Scott is working for Florida. He isnt flying to God knows where fundraising and attending the never ending drone of cocktail parties. We have forward movement with Scott despite any efforts by this administration to see it fail. For you Crist supporters all I can say is he was worthless as a Senator, worthless as an attorney general and worthless as a former governor. Before you cast your vote I highly suggest you compare Scotts record versus Charlie Crist’s record and I’ll even make it easy for ya. Use all of Crist political career and positions and put it up against the time Scott has been in office. Your vote for Crist will officially designate you a “Low information voter” may not agree with every position Scott has taken on every issue, but a vote for Nan Rich or Charlie Crist will set us back years.

  14. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Crist supports new energy taxes like cap and trade, carbon tax schemes that will raise your electric bill 90% increased gas prices by 58% to pay for green energy crap..
    Crist supports Obamacare calling for 1 trillion in higher taxes.
    Crist supports increases in the death tax
    Crist supported the Federal stimulus that has been consumed with fraud and mismanagement.

    You can thank Charlie Crist for higher fees on drivers licenses and motor vehicle tags. After signing a Taxpayer protection pledge. His rational? Fees are not taxes???

  15. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    In 2008, Crist urged state water managers to overpay for 180,000 acres in the Everglades amid one of the worst real estate markets in memory.
    Charlie Crist failed his bar exam multiple times and when he did pass became a personal injury attorney. (you dont have to wonder why attorneys support anyone not in favor of tort reform). began his career as a lawyer for professional baseball.

    It was not big-time legal work nor, alas, was it big-league baseball. After five years of pinballing around the minor leagues, Crist joined a law firm headed by one J. Emory Wood. Crist became the second lawyer at the firm. The first lawyer, J. Emory himself, was “married” to “Crist’s sister” Margaret.

  16. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Cato Institute:::On that same report card for 2010, Mr. Crist earned a “D.” He scored 64 on spending and a miserable 34 for revenue. The taxpayers of Florida know why. Mr. Crist passed a $2.2 billion tax increase, raising licensing fees on everything from vehicles to fishing and levying a $1 per-pack tax on cigarettes. Mr. Crist seems to think these reckless tax hikes are sound policy. In his State of the State speech this year he praised his own record, saying he opposed tax increases and favored responsible state government.

  17. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    The hurricane insurance policy in Florida is a two-headed beast. The Citizens Property Insurance Corporation provides insurance directly to homeowners at below-market rates while the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (CAT) regulates private insurance rates and requires insurers to purchase reinsurance from the state. Instead of streamlining and strengthening this system, Mr. Crist signed into law ill-conceived changes that exacerbated the flawed 1992 hurricane insurance policy. With the stroke of his pen, Mr. Crist explicitly made affordability the dominant goal in Florida’s hurricane insurance policy and shifted the primary costs from premium-payers to taxpayers.

  18. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    In June 2008, Mr. Crist launched a plan to buy out U.S. Sugar Corporation (USSC) as part of Everglades Restoration, resulting in a $536 million deal to buy 72,000 acres. Reports from individuals involved as well as e-mail correspondence indicates that USSC largely dictated the terms of the deal, insisting on selling contaminated land that cannot be restored. The most disturbing aspect of the deal is the state overpaying by nearly $400 million because the sale is based on inflated and out-of-date 2004-06 appraisals. When the appraisal commissioned by Florida reported this, findings were suppressed, as e-mails between the South Florida Water Management District and Mr. Crist’s deputy reveal. Unfortunately, while the goal of the Everglades purchase is restoration, the effects are anything but. The deal brokered with USSC allows them to farm some of the land for seven years, while some 49,000 acres are so contaminated that they cannot be restored. The source of restoration funding, estimated at some $12.5 billion, is also unclear. Additionally, more than 12 ongoing restoration projects were halted so Florida could buy the land from USSC. Former Gov. Jeb Bush expressed his frustration, saying that Mr. Crist traded current, real restoration projects for potential projects years down the road. One of the most significant restoration initiatives axed was a reservoir in Palm Beach County – costing the South Florida Water Management District(YOU and I) $25 million in cancellation fees

  19. Valerie Parkhurst Says:

    Of deep concern to many in Florida is the apparent coziness between Mr. Crist and USSC. USSC, one of Mr. Crist’s biggest campaign supporters, carried more than $500 million in debt when negotiations began. Rival sugar companies note that they were never approached about similar sales, despite their comparable land holdings.

    When Mr. Crist was elected, he offered the hope of responsible fiscal governance, sound judgment and integrity. His mismanagement of the state budget, tax hikes, reckless hurricane insurance policies and the seemingly sweetheart deal with USSC make responsible Florida taxpayers yearn for the old days and vow to restore good government to the Sunshine State.

    It seems Charlie Crist is drowning in (not so savory) backdoor deals that cost Floridians way too much money and embroiled in criminal conspiriacies. But hey, you want to vote AGAIN for this idiot? Consider yourself informed and if you still vote for him? Your a low educated voter and a direct threat to my families future which I will take personally.

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