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Charlie Crist wants to beeeee

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It isn’t Charlie Crist’s fault that the voters of Florida were stoooopid enough to choose Mel Martinez over Betty Castor. That election took place in the same era that saw decorated war hero Max Cleland accused of being unpatriotic. If the voters of Georgia were stoooopid enough to fall for that, then the voters of Florida can be excused for somehow thinking Mel Martinez, a failure at Housing and Urban Development, than Betty Castor.

So it wasn’t Charlie Crist’s fault that Mel Martinez sucked as a US Senator and that Martinez sucked so badly he decided to abandon, err, give up his seat early.

So don’t blame Charlie for running for Martinez’s seat just because he’s only been Governor for one-term. As one of two aides, me and Jim Rimes, who labored on Charlie’s quixotic ’98 bid against Bob Graham (a bid, which in losing, was the best move Charlie ever made), I know how much Charlie always wanted to beeeeee a Senator.

Last week, I asked Rick Baker if he planned on running for statewide office. And he replied with a simple bit of wisdom: “You don’t run to be something, you run to do something.”

Charlie wants to beeeeee a US Senator, but what does he want to doooooo?

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.

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