Contemporary polls, however, offer a different narrative. After Crist switched to the Democrats and changed positions on Obama­Care, taxation, and gay marriage, his lead over prospective opponent Alex Sink, the former state CFO, ballooned from 17 points to 25. And if he glides through the primaries, besting possible opponents such as Orlando's mayor, Buddy Dyer, he'll likely pummel the most unpopular governor in modern Florida history.

On a recent Wednesday, following another castigation of Rick Scott at a news conference in downtown Tampa, Crist eases into his black SUV. The leather interior, except for the sanitized aroma of Brut, is sterile. There isn't a crumb on the dashboard, not a document in the back seat. The only vestige of personality is in a side compartment — the album Time and Tide, by Polish jazz singer Basia.

Crist played quarterback for the St. Pete High Green Devils.
Courtesy St. Petersburg High
Crist played quarterback for the St. Pete High Green Devils.
Crist stumped for Obama leading up to the 2012 election.
Photo by Terrence McCoy
Crist stumped for Obama leading up to the 2012 election.

Crist is talking about his political evolution. "You know, people say all the time that you plan this or you plan that to get somewhere," he says, steering the vehicle onto I-275. "But for me, none of it was planned. It just happened. And some days, I have to pinch myself. It's like a dream."

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patpaws
patpaws

I think some people are born to be politicians, no matter what we think of them.  Interesting article.  I'd vote for anyone but Rick Scott.  Yes, even another Republican.  So we will see what happens Nov 4 is almost here.

run.randrand
run.randrand

OHHHHHHHH-MYYYYYYY-GAWWWWWWWD-IS THERE NO ONE WITH A STETSON UNIVERSITY EDUCATION THAT CAN RUN-OF ANY QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE??!

jkarnas
jkarnas

However, he misread the mood that year when he abandoned the state Senate for a run at U.S. Congress. The immensely popular Bob Graham crushed him by 26 points.

 Terrence another mistake here- Crist was the only republican with the guts to go up against Graham. His campaign was widely admired and it increased his name recognition. This move on his part was widely viewed as politically smart. Setting him up for future runs. I have never read an analysis such as yours that the Senate run was a mistake.  Did anyone edit this article?

jkarnas
jkarnas

Wow. Terrence you completely missed Governor Crist's climate and energy leadership. Two international summits right here in Miami. Made Florida world leader in solar. Passed a comprehensive energy bill with huge investments in research, energy efficiency and renewables. It was a major part of his term. Malpractice on your part to miss that in your 1000 word article. 9 paragraphs in his first state of the state address to climate change. Disappointed in the New Times for this hit job.

daylos
daylos

Crist signed the NRA legalized murder bill - SYG into law.  He needs to correct this law.  REPEAL SYG!

AndyMikel
AndyMikel

If any of you is getting bored go to Google and search "gay3ty" and enjoy.

FallSapphire
FallSapphire

He is beautiful. But the most impressive part about him was his constituent relations. His staff actually answered the phone, resolved problems and returned phone calls.

I preside and awesome. This article gives me a little pause in my enthusiasm and makes me more critical of Rubio and less critical of Meek.

maximumrider
maximumrider

i've been hoping he won run as a democrat against scott every since he announced he switched parties

CravinMoorehead
CravinMoorehead

"He smelled of breath mints and Brut aftershave."  How do you know, hack?  Did you crawl up close to Charlie?  Did he reject you.....again.?

You sound jealous.

sar427
sar427

Charlie Crist has to have a crimminal record in order to run for office in this state it is required

sar427
sar427

they die when they have been pissed on for so long

CravinMoorehead
CravinMoorehead

He was sitting in a booth, stupid.  Can't you read?  If you can't, that would make you a typical republican.

All that is left of the republican party are the very, very rich and those like @Bebep, stupid enough to vote republican and against their own best interests.

Bebep
Bebep

@CravinMooreheadAt least you follow orders well and kept up the crazy hahahah

Keep raging hard, and yeah I'm not calling everything crazy... just you. Still not a republican.

CravinMoorehead
CravinMoorehead

@Bebep  - you lying sack of shit.  YOU ARE A DELUSIONAL republican.

You call EVERYTHING crazy that isn't reich-wing.

BTW - I said that you weren't one of the rich ones and you just proved it to be so.

Now, be nice to the orderly and behave yourself.

Bebep
Bebep

@CravinMoorehead Just cause you sound like a raging lunatic, doesn't make me a republican.

Keep up the crazy!

 
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