FL-Sen: Crist Openly Mulling Indie Run

Finally, he admits the obvious:

Gov. Charlie Crist sat down with ABC Action News reporter Sarina Fazan Monday afternoon. When asked about whether or not he will run as an independent in the race for U.S. Senate, he said he has not made up his mind yet.

“I can tell you I’m getting a lot of advice in that direction.  I’m a listener and so I’m certainly listening to it,” said Crist. […]

In the past Crist has skirted questions about a possible independent run. But he now admits many around him are pushing for a party change.

“I am certainly listening to people’s counsel and advice because I think that is the smart thing to do,” the Governor as I said earlier I want to do what the right thing is for the people first and I am looking at it through that lens I really am.

Well, that’s not quite right — while Crist has been skirting the issue in the past few days, his camp previously laid down some very definitive statements affirming his commitment to running in the Republican primary. It now seems clear that Crist has one of two choices to make: fully embrace the indie route and be prepared to stand as a man alone, or duck out of politics altogether until the current age of insanity subsides.

32 thoughts on “FL-Sen: Crist Openly Mulling Indie Run”

  1. from a SSP should be a fun mudfest right up till general election day.

    Meek has to find a humorous way to be the Russ Feingold in such a three-way.

  2. can’t decide what is best politically for us. A few months ago I would have been flipping out over this, but really it could hurt us more than help us. I could see a sizeable number of Democrats going for Crist as an I, and it would seriously piss of the conservatives so it would be higher voter turnout. Of course Crist could get many moderate to liberal Republicans. I’m not sure what to make of it.  

  3. He’s going to need to focus his fire on both rubio and Meek if he wants to win.  Is it just until he decides what to do?

  4. If Crist does this, I think Meek has a plausible path to election. He needs to run the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama sideshow all the way to November.  Getting to, say, 45% of the vote might do the trick.

    What will be really interesting is to see how quickly Rubio runs to the center after he no longer has to run a primary race.

  5. as I understand it – is to run positive ads –

    If two of the three start attacking each other, swing voters will gravitate to the candidate running the positive ads.

  6. How does he answer the “who does he caucus with” question? If he says he’ll still caucus with the GOP, why would any Dem vote for him? And he’ll look awfully foolish “sticking” with the GOP given the heavy fire he’s already coming under from the Republican leadership

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