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Response to ShadowLiberal (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:12 AM

12. Crist did not switch to the Democratic Party - he's an Independent

He's hedging his bets, hoping the Republican Party will swing back to sanity.

I might feel more charitable towards Crist if he had actually made the commitment to become a Democrat, but he did not.

I have lots of friends that work and worked in the state government before Jeb, during Jeb, and during Crist. Jeb made it bad, Crist didn't change that. The environment for state workers was poisonous all the way through the Bush and Crist tenures. The local Democratic groups were decimated - state workers couldn't take the chance that their supervisors might find out that they were Democrats or they could be fired at will. Previously, Florida had strong protections for state workers - they had to commit a felony before they could be fired. Jeb removed all those protections and made hiring partisan.

Scott has made it worse - most of the people I know have left government jobs if possible or have been forced out. The few that have stayed are keeping their heads low, waiting for retirement or a change of government. Many will no longer talk to me - they know I am an active Democrat and they worry they will get fired just for associating with me!

With all the antipathy here against Jeb Bush, I cannot understand the fondness for Crist. Crist still remains a Jeb Bush follower even if he is not currently in the same party as his hero.

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