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The politics of Charlie Crist’s big gay endorsement

Progressive lean toward former Republican governor signals inevitable two-person race

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“It’s going to take everything we have to beat Rick Scott, given his virtually unlimited resources and his incumbency. There is far too much at stake for our community not to get in this race enthusiastically and immediately.”

– Equality Florida Action political action committee chairman Stratton Pollitzer
Sources: News Service of Florida, Sun-Sentinel, Stpetersblog.com

JUST THE STATS

 

$3.7 million

Amount of reported contributions raised through May 2014 in Charlie Crist’s campaign account. An additional $8.2 million has been raised for the “Charlie Crist for Florida” political action committee.

 

$4.7 million

Amount of reported contributions raised through May 2014 in Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign account. An additional $28.1 million has been raised for the “Let’s Get to Work” political action committee, though $12.9 million has already
been spent.

 

$378,658

Amount of reported contributions raised through May 2014 in Nan Rich’s campaign account. An additional $112,815 has been raised for the “Citizens for a Progressive Florida” political action committee.

Crist be with you

It seems like only yesterday – OK, it was 2006 – when we first unsheathed our trusty-but-clunky gaydar device (the B-MANES 3000™) and waved it cunningly in the general direction of then-gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist. All the bleeps and blithers you can imagine spurted from the mechanical dipstick – oh, and some bizarre opponent with the Reform Party “outed” Crist on the radio, too – yet we were hardly able to cock a brow at the assertion that the man who would later be governor was the man who had for many years been secretly gay. But, oh, did we have fun with it – right up until the moment that Crist married his wife, Carole, in 2008 (just in time to launch a failed senatorial bid!). Alas, it was proven by every one of Carole’s perfect, glistening teeth and cascading tresses of brunette hair: Charlie was straight. Totally.

Well, last week the gay came back to Crist, only this time in a manner we never could have imagined when the lithe Lothario was pitching for the Republican team. First, though, the expected happened. Imprisoned ne’er-do-well and former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer tossed out his tell-all book, The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer, which, naturally tried to pin Crist’s tail on some masculine donkeys in between numerous copy-editing errors. It should be noted that Greer has every reason to try to smear Crist’s campaign, right down to the likely payoff he took from state Republicans to shut his mouth and plead guilty last year. Appropriately, everybody blinked in unison, and the book disappeared from the shelf marked “relevant” almost as quickly as it was filed there.

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