Crist says Lopez-Cantera’s problem as LG: “He’s with the wrong guy”by John Kennedy | January 16th, 2014
Democrat Charlie Crist said Thursday that Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera as running mate will do little to change voters’ perception of his rival.
“Carlos is a fine fellow, but he’s with the wrong guy,” Crist said, standing on the steps of the Parks & Crump law firm in Tallahassee, before ducking indoors for a fund-raiser in his honor.
“This race is about Gov. Scott and Gov. Scott has disappointed Floridians with education, the environment, with ethics, with so many things,” Crist added. “He’s the top of the ticket and that at the end of the day is what the race is all about.”
Crist answered reporters’ questions for about 15 minutes outside the firm, which drew national recognition for representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford.
Daryl Parks, one of the firm’s principals, said he had been a Crist supporter even when the former governor was a Republican. Among the two-dozen Tallahasseeans mingling at the fund-raiser: Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.
Crist on Thursday said Floridians are ready for a change at the top. While Scott is poised to launch a campaign that could top $100 million, Crist said he has a more modest strategy.
“To me it’s one person at a time, looking people in the eye and saying I’m running for governor to try to serve you again because I’m disappointed,” Crist said. “My heart is broken for educators, for people who care about the environment, the economy and the great job opportunities we should be having in the Sunshine State. That’s what this is really about. The future.”
Crist also dismissed the steady drumbeat coming from the state GOP, which casts Scott as the architect of an economic turnaround needed because of his predecessor’s disastrous leadership.
“It was a global economic meltdown and the notion that anyone person, let alone any one governor brought that on is absurd,” Crist said. “It’s laughable.”