RNC, RPOF respond to Charlie Crist announcing gubernatorial bid

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Both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Florida are responding to news that former Florida Republican governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist has filed paperwork to run for his old job with his new party.

“Charlie Crist only cares about what’s best for Charlie – not what’s best for Florida.  Crist had his chance and he turned his back on Floridians to further his own political career,” said RNC Spokesman Ryan Mahoney. “Governor Scott has made the right choices to get Florida back on track and now is not the time to go backward to the failed policies of Charlie Crist.  Crist left the state in fiscal disarray once before and voters won’t let him do it again.”

The Republican Party of Florida was even more blunt.

“Charlie Crist has now officially filed to run for the position he once abandoned,” said Florida GOP chair Lenny Curry. “When Florida needed Charlie Crist the most during difficult economic times, he ran away. If he really wants to be Governor now, why did he quit the first time?” 

The state Division of Elections posted Crist’s filing on its website Friday.

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.