Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Charlie, We Hardly Knew Ye

According to most political observers, and as evidenced by movement on the St. Pete Times Crist-O-Meter, it appears as if Charlie Crist is content to leave Tallahassee after only one term.  This is highly unusual for any Governor, but the Times cites rather apparent signs that Crist intends to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez (R).

  • The Governor told State Senator Al Lawson (a candidate for Congress) that he would “see him in Washington”—an unusual statement seeing as they have no Washington trips planned together.
  • The State GOP Party continues to downsize, a sign that they realize competing with the Crist Senate fundraising machine may be a challenge.
  • Ag Commissioner Charlie Bronson has now stated he is interested in the Governor’s race.

Now, the question becomes, Can Charlie Crist win the GOP Senate Primary?


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