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