Email insights: Charlie Crist’s fan blows a quick money pitch

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“Charlie Crist’s Fan” instantly became a part of the Florida zeitgeist after Rick Scott refused to take the stage of the second gubernatorial debate.

It was because of a disputed electronic device –  an electric fan placed under Crist’s podium.

Just as quickly, the Charlie Crist campaign sent out an email money pitch (titled “!?!??!!?”) that capitalized on the winds – or hot air – created from the infamous fan.

“I wasn’t planning on emailing you tonight,” said Charlie Crist for Governor Campaign Manager Omar Khan. “But something crazy just happened…”

Moments before the debate at Broward College was scheduled to begin, Scott decided he wasn’t going to participate.

Because there was an electric fan at Charlie’s podium.

A fan.

For moments, Crist stood alone at the podium while Scott “threw a temper tantrum backstage,” denying Florida voters a chance to hear the gubernatorial candidates.

An astonishing sight indeed; almost as remarkable as what comes next — a money pitch.

“If you’re as amazed as I am by what you just saw,” Kahn writes, “Chip in a few bucks right now to make sure this guy doesn’t get to stay our Governor.”

In the Florida gubernatorial race, the winds of change blow fast — especially if it involves an electric fan.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.