Charlie Crist for mayor of St. Petersburg? Poll suggests he’s city’s top choice

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The question which continues to dominate parlor discussion in Tallahassee and beyond is whether Charlie Crist will run as a Democrat for Governor in 2014.

But what if he ran for Mayor of St. Petersburg in 2013?

An unscientific poll of 2,500 registered voters in St. Pete suggests that Crist is the runaway favorite of residents in a hypothetical race for Mayor between Crist, former Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Bill Foster.

Crist received more than 48% of the vote in the March survey conducted by St. Pete Polls.  Foster received 26.5% and Baker took just over 25%.

Again, this is an unscientific poll, so don’t read too much into the numbers.  Still, taking nearly 50% of a poll, scientific or unscientific, that involves 2,500 registered voters is nothing to sneeze at.

And, now that I think about it, wouldn’t running for Mayor of St. Pete be the perfect move for Charlie.  No one, with the exception of maybe Rick Baker, looovvveeesss the ‘burg as much as Governor Sunshine.

There are any number of reasons why Crist would want to run for Mayor in 2013. City Hall is right down the road from his condo.  He gets to attend ribbon-cuttings in St. Pete, which was actually Charlie’s favorite part of being Governor.  And being Mayor is a lot less stressful than being Governor.

So, how ’bout it Charlie? Want to redesign the yard signs so they read “Crist in 2013”?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.