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In advance of the Florida Democratic Party's annual confab in Orlando, former Governor Charlie Crist, who is widely expected to run in 2014, has gone live with a one-page website hinting of the campaign to come.

The long dormant returned to life this morning with a headline message from Crist, "Only you, the people can get Florida back to common sense." Crist then asks site visitors to "share your comments with me", promising that "I'll read every last one."

Although no longer in elected office, Crist writes on the site that he works for the people. "I always have and always will," reads the website.

Crist's familiar campaign logo appears to have been gently refreshed with a second shade of blue -- perhaps a tribute to his party switch last December to the Democrats.

Many Cristologists, especially those in the traditional media, expected Crist to make some sort of announcement this weekend as the beleaguered, but hopeful Florida Democratic Party gathers for its annual state conference at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando. And while Crist will be around this weekend, he won't say any magic words about his 2014 intentions. Instead, this longtime Crist observer, expects Charlie to announce sometime during the first week of November, after new campaign finance laws increasing the amount of individual contributions to statewide candidates take effect.

Still, this website is the clearest sign yet that Crist does intend to challenge Rick Scott in 2014.

Originally posted to SaintPetersBlog on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:31 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Florida.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Peter Schorsch's is one of the most widely read political blogs in Florida.

    by saintpetersblog on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:31:32 AM PDT

  •  As a former Floridian (5+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, rapala, peacestpete, antboy, puzzled

    raised in Orlando and Neptune Beach and educated in Tallahassee, I long ago moved to KY, but I still keep in touch with family and friends in FL and still have its interests at heart.  It has killed me to see what the GOP has done to FL, especially Rick Scott.

    But I honestly don't know whether to cheer because Crist is likely to trash Scott next year or throw up because a former "moderate" Republican governor is the best that FL Dems can recruit against Scott.

    What happened to the days when FL was governed by the likes of Askew and Graham?

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

    by SouthernLeveller on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:37:53 AM PDT

    •  At this point, it'd be nice if Florida just (9+ / 0-)

      had a governor who wasn't a criminal.

      Sometimes "moderates" make the best governors because running a state is, at the end, about pragmatic stewardship. a lot of times, ideology is best left on the back burner. Our last governor in Ohio, Ted Strickland, was perceived as a "moderate," but he was a good governor. Our current governor, John Kasich, has openly said that ideology guides everything he does, and he is a disaster.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:50:02 AM PDT

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    •  Whether Or Not... (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Vetwife

      ...Charlie Crist is the strongest candidate for Democrats to run for Governor I'll leave up to the Democrats of Florida.

      But some situations are so dire that the first thing that needs to be done is to stop the bleeding and this, at least from where I sit out of state, looks a lot like one of those cases.  In those cases it seems to be best to nominate a strong candidate who can win and stop that bleeding rather than worry too much about how perfect that candidate may be.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 06:01:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Think of Charlie as a "Reformed Republican" (5+ / 0-)

    And like Reformed Smokers they are the most vocal and honest about the harm the current smokers can do.

    •  I wish it were so (2+ / 0-)
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      Hockeyray, Vetwife

      I think Charlie's a politician down to the soles of his very expensive shoes.  He'll say what he thinks people want to hear--I'm not convinced he has any deeply held beliefs or principles of his own.  I also think he's not terribly bright or curious.

      All that being said, I'll vote for him, hell I'll campaign for him, because I think he's probably the best shot we have of unseating the current criminal in Tallahassee.  I'm also encouraged that Charlie's current employer is John Morgan, a very deep-pocketed Democrat, who actually holds some fairly liberal positions.  Maybe Chameleon Charlie will take on some of Morgan's deep blue hue.  

      There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

      by puzzled on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 07:41:32 AM PDT

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  •  Charlie Crist is responsible for a verifiable vote (3+ / 0-)
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    peacestpete, RoIn, Vetwife

    system in Florida. If an election is close there is a paper trail.

    Think back to the stolen election of 2000--that won't happen again in Florida thanks to Charlie.  

    In Georgia all votes are on "just-trust-us" Diebold machines.

    The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

    by Mayfly on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 04:25:06 AM PDT

  •  Crist is a politician (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, puzzled

    He will start out as a conservadem but if he needs to he will become a flaming liberal if it suited his political goals. Since he was already governor for one term isn't he limited to one term?

    •  I think he can run twice (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Vetwife

      I think the law is two consecutive terms so since he only had one term I think he starts fresh and can have two consecutive terms now.
      Then again pretty sure Charlie has his eye on either the senate or the white house eventually. I can see Hillary picking him as VP.

  •  Charlie Crist is Ted Kennedy compared to Scott (0+ / 0-)

    Scott is Cruz with a bald empty head and a criminal.... and destroying the state of Florida from the everglades to the panhandle.   This asswipe Scott tissue has got to go !!!!!   I tell you true....In Florida...Crist is the best answer.....Moderate republicans will vote him in and dems will gladly do anything to get out from under dictatorship

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:02:15 AM PDT

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