If former Florida governor and current Democrat, Charlie Crist could take back some of the stands he took while he was a Republican, he would, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The Bay News 9 Political Connections interview was the clearest statement yet by Crist that he took positions he genuinely didn’t believe in. It was only to “tamp down backlash” from the GOP and relieve fellow Republicans during the primary for Crist’s U.S. Senate run.
“You have to be true to yourself,” Crist said in the interview, which aired Sunday. “Going independent, and then finally a Democrat has made me a much more comfortable person, much more comfortable politically. In many ways, it’s where I always should have been, and I’m darn glad to be there now.”
Several of Crist’s current views seem to be in stark contrast to where he stood earlier in his career. For example, he hopes Florida lawmakers will eventually expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as legalize same-sex marriage.
“Society has moved and is not becoming just tolerant,” Crist said, “but rather accepting of what I think most people feel — live and let live. What business is it of governments to tell people who they should love or who they should marry?”