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Pensacola News-Journal editorial: Charlie Crist should run as Independent

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The Pensacola News Journal, I believe, is the first major newspaper to editorialize that Charlie Crist should drop out of the Republican Primary and run as an Independent or with No Party Affiliation:

It’s time for Gov. Charlie Crist to abandon his Republican primary run for the U.S. Senate and instead face off against challengers Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek as an Independent in the November election. Such a race would allow Florida voters to make a clear liberal-moderate-conservative choice…

t seems as if Crist has been positioning himself to take an independent path with the teacher-pay veto. He waited and waited to let the crescendo of opposition peak, and then thrilled the teachers’ union with the veto. It was a masterful political move and one that smells of favor-granted, future-favor-expected.

We also believe that who Floridians put in the Senate chair is too important to be governed by party boundaries. The lack of support by former Sen. Mel Martinez hurt the chances of Mobile getting the Air Force tanker bid, and that damaged the Panhandle economically.

Crist should face Rubio in November, not in August. Florida voters will be better off because of it.

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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