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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:23 PM

Charlie Crist signs papers to become a Democrat [View all]

Source: Miami Herald

It was just a matter of time. Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat.

Crist — Florida’s former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" and used to describe himself variously as a "Ronald Reagan Republican" and a "Jeb Bush Republican" — on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.

He did so during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama’s reelection this year than any Florida Democrat.

The widely expected move positions Crist, 56, for another highly anticipated next step: announcing his candidacy for governor, taking on Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and an untold number of Democrats who would challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.



Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/07/3132538/charlie-crist-signs-papers-to.html



Good for him. Look out, Rick Scott.

Signed papers at the White House Christmas reception.


Charlie Crist and his wife, Carole, are shown at a White House Christmas reception on December 7. Crist tweeted the image out through his @charliecristfl twitter account.

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