While I genuinely waver about whether or not I think Charlie Crist will run for Governor of Florida in 2014, it is op-eds like the one Crist penned today for the Washington Post which leads me to believe there is no doubt Crist will run in two years.
Heck, by the tone of this op-ed, Crist is already running.
Essentially describing Gov. Rick Scott’s voter purge and the Florida GOP’s efforts to restrict voter access as “un-American”, Crist is forging a ‘third-way’ back into state politics.
“Our country has never solved anything with less democracy, and we’re far better off when more citizens can access the polls — no matter which party mobilizes the most voters to them,” writes Crist, who as Governor of Florida extended voting hours and increased the number of days people could vote. He also restored registration rights for felons, years after starting that effort in the State Senate with a member of the opposite party.
Crist was a Republican at the time of those decisions, which he says “didn’t make me many friends on my side.”
But, with Crist’s typical optimism, he writes “when you do the right thing for the people, a political party’s concerns roll off your back quite easily.”
There may not be a more clear divide between the current administration and the previous one than on the issue of voters’ rights. Expect to hear a lot about this on whatever campaign trail Crist decides to pursue next.