At a Monday morning rally at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., Charlie Crist announced that he will be running for his former job as governor of Florida in 2014. However this time, the former Republican will be on the Democratic ticket.
According to Crist’s Facebook page, it’s time to “get Florida back to common sense.”
Crist was governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, and rather than seek a second term, he choose to run for the US Senate as an Independent. Sen. Marco Rubio won that race, and tea party Republican Rick Scott took over the Florida governor’s mansion in 2010.
Gov. Rick Scott has since been called the worst governor in America, opening the door for Crist to take the state back for the Democrats in 2014.
What Crist also has working in his favor is the bad taste the Republican Party has left in voter’s mouths after the October government shutdown and threat to default on the nation’s debts. “The latest NBC/WSJ poll is just a disaster for the GOP,” writes Ezra Klein in the Washington Post.
Rick Scott is the epitome of tea party governing and has done little to help the majority of his constituents. Instead, Scott has pandered to the state’s biggest polluters, pandered to the donor-class with tax breaks, and brought deep cuts to Medicaid and food assistance to pregnant women and children.
Gov. Scott is no stranger to financial scandals when it comes to Medicaid and Medicare. “When he was chief executive officer, Columbia/HCA became the center of a nationwide federal health fraud investigation in the mid-1990s, before settling for $1.7 billion allegations the chain of hospitals defrauded government health programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Scott eventually resigned under intense board pressure in 1997 as the investigation swirled around him,” according to Forbes.
Charlie Crist was unofficially ousted by the GOP after he testified in 2012 that Republicans actively participated in voter suppression efforts against Democrats.
Crist told the Palm Beach Post after the hearing, “Reducing the number of early voting days, making it harder to mail in your ballot and have it verified — the kinds of procedures we’ve seen put in place — taking out early voting the Sunday before Election Day .. is just wrong and discriminatory.”
If Floridians remain sour on Rick Scott’s brand of tea party governing, Crist could coast to victory in 2014.