Charlie Crist: ‘I will not be seeking office in 2016’

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There’s one name that you won’t have to kick around anymore. At least not in 2016.

On his Facebook page this afternoon, Charlie Crist said he will not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2016.
“As members of the Florida Democratic Party, we stand for something — fairness, growing the middle class, and policies that strengthen future generations.
I will not be seeking office in 2016, but I will be working alongside you. Too much is at stake for our beautiful Florida to be on the sidelines.”
It’s fair to say that Crist was not exactly being overwhelmed with open arms to run for another big office in Florida, not after his narrow loss to Rick Scott last year for governor, which came four years after he lost to Marco Rubio running as an independent for U.S. Senate.
And unlike that run, there are already several Democrats who have indicated interest in running for Rubio’s Senate seat next year, whether or not Rubio himself runs for re-election.
Patrick Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alan Grayson are all reported to be strongly considering a run for the Senate. All have a much longer run in the Florida Democratic Party than does Crist, who only became a Democrat in 2012, two years after he left the Republican Party once it became apparent he couldn’t beat Rubio out for the 2010 Senate seat.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.