On Hardball, Crist says he’s doesn’t think he’ll challenge Scott — but what did you expect him to say?

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Charlie Crist said Tuesday that he’s not plotting to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

“Do you think you might run against [Scott] next time?” MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked Crist.

“I don’t,” he replied. “I’m enjoying the private sector very much.”

Seriously people, what did you expect Charlie to say?

“Yes, Chris, I want to put a big fat target on my back right now by letting the whole world know I plan on challenging Rick Scott.  I want to start campaigning right now for an election more than two years away.”

If Crist decides to run — and his running is still a big if — Charlie is going to wait until the last possible moment.

After all, why should Crist be in a rush? It’s not like Rick Scott’s poll numbers are improving.

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.