Many have wondered why Charlie Crist arrived later than expected to the Florida Democratic Party’s Lead Blue fundraising gala on Saturday. The reason? Crist had been in Nantucket, where he collected a $500,000 check from the Democratic Governors Association.
Indeed, it was a worthwhile visit to the northeast for Crist. But not making the trip was his handy sidekick, Charlie Crist Fan. The Fan’s absence did not go unnoticed.
Steven Shepard, editor of POLITICO’s Campaign Pro, was in Nantucket for a wedding and was surprised to spot Charlie Crist, recounts Mike Allen in POLITICO Playbook.
Shepard says Crist chatted with attendees in a room just off the private event space, where he expressed confidence to one potential donor that he would win both the primary and general elections. Crist also noted that the maximum contribution to his campaign was $3,000, though that limit doesn’t apply to his political committee under Florida law.
Another POLITICO reporter was enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast at his hotel when Crist emerged from the private event room and sat down with prospective donors. Crist was dressed in a shirt and tie. He complained about the lack of air conditioning in the event space and noted that he positioned himself downwind of the air vent in the common area outside the event.
This is how you know Crist needs to re-tool his campaign: When his staff forgets to pack The Fan, what does it matter if he’ll debate Nan Rich or release Carole Crist’s taxes?