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Mitch Caesar in HuffPo: The Curious Case of Charlie Crist

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From Mitchell Caesar: To be, or not to be — that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous primary defeat or take up the arms of an independent, against a sea of partisan troubles and by opposing political parties, end them. This is the soliloquy Florida Governor Charlie Crist confronted, not facing a skull, but his well tanned self in the mirror.

This story began at the political beginning, which in Florida means outer space. In 2009 Charlie was the most guaranteed favorite to win the U.S. Senate in all of America. Las Vegas odds-makers proclaimed that there was a greater chance Fox News would win an Emmy for veracity before Governor Crist would lose.

Thinking back just a few years ago Charlie was so popular he was considered vice presidential “timber.” In fact, he was seen so often with John and Cindy McCain, many presumed he had been recently adopted by the family. The positive public relations machine was spinning very well. Upon the governor’s initial arrival in Israel, the Jerusalem Post had a typo on their front page story. The Post (no not “Washington”) proclaimed the coming of “Christ.” We all knew most politicians think they are “deity like,” but this smacks of karma.

In 2009 the national and Florida Republican Party thought Charlie Crist was the greatest thing since Rush Limbaugh sans the pills of, course. In fact, the Republican Senatorial Committee gave a very rare, early endorsement. No Democrat need bother to run; and certainly not any foolish Republican. Well, as the economy began to sour, so did the attitudes towards poor Charlie. Continue reading here.

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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