News that Nan Rich may run for Governor has to be music to Charlie Crist’s ears

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Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich said Tuesday she is seriously considering a 2014 run for governor.

In an interview with the News Service of Florida, Rich said Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities have been made clear by the budget he proposed and the one he signed – and that she thinks most Floridians don’t share his priorities.

“I think I would be a good governor,” Rich said.

I’m not sure if Charlie Crist also thinks Rich would be a good governor, but the prospect of her running has to be music to his ears.

Assuming (and it’s a big assumption) that Crist runs for Governor in 2014 as a Democrat, having Rich also on the ballot helps Crist in a couple of ways.

First of all, if its simply Crist vs. Rich, that’s a no-brainer: Crist wins in a walk, while getting to say he faced a legitimate Democratic opponent on his way to the nomination.  Sure, Nan Rich will zing Crist along the way on his commitment to Democratic principles, but Crist is going to face that situation no matter who he faces.

But what Crist should really hope for is Crist vs. Rich vs. Alex Sink.  In this scenarion, Rich and Sink would split the base vote, while Crist would run up the score with African-Americans, his base in Tampa Bay, conservative Democrats and teachers.  Crist wouldn’t even need a majority of Dems to back him to win the party’s nomination.

The prospect of Rich running for Governor wasn’t even the best news for The Society of the Tarpon Belt (as the Crist-in-waiting faction is known around these parts).

Governor Rick Scott having to walk back his quasi-endorsement of Michele Bachmann’s brain-dead idea to explore for energy in the Florida Everglades presented yet another contract between Scott and Crist.  On one hand, there is Scott, ‘cautiously’ open to oil drilling in the Everglades; on the other hand, there’s Charlie Crist, recently seen at a Hands Across the Sand event.

2014 can’t come soon enough.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.