Great photos from first stop of Charlie Crist’s book tour

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Charlie Crist held a book signing on Monday night at the Books-A-Million at the Forum in Fort Myers.

Approximately 150 fans of the former governor, as well as two dozen protesting foes, greeted Crist at the event, which is the first of nine stops in Florida as part of a promotional tour behind the release of the Crist’s new book, “The Party’s Over: How The Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I became a Democrat.”

Here are some really great photos of the event, courtesy of Brian Bianco:

The first shot was taken as Crist entered the store. According to The Naples Daily News‘ Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, “the mood inside the Books-A-Million was jubilant; supporters let out a boisterous cheer when the bookstore staff announced he had entered the building.”

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In case there is any doubt about the size of the crowd that greeted Crist, here is a shot of the line to meet him — 30 minutes before the event started!

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Among the first to greet Crist was a young boy (far left) eager to meet the man he referred to as the “future governor.” 

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Crist, of course, was happy to oblige the young man’s request for a signed copy of his book.

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Another eager Crist supporter was Joyce Ramay of the the Democratic Women’s Club of Lee County. 

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The Books-A-Million staff, most of whom confessed to being Democrats, was helpful and gracious throughout the event.

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