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NY Post: Dem strategists turning to Charlie Crist in Senate race

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Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party’s frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican Party over the state party’s rightward lurch toward the Tea Party. SKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic political strategy and communications firm, has agreed to work on Crist’s up-hill campaign as an independent for the U.S. Senate. The decision will be widely viewed as a slap at Democratic frontrunner Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is trailing badly in the polls…

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Bud Chiles running for governor as Independent

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Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, the son of the late Florida governor who walked the state to deliver his message to voters, announced Thursday he was running for governor as an independent and spurning corporate cash. “The political parties are not the solution. They are part of a system that pits big money against big money,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. “I won’t play that game.” Chiles said he would not accept party or corporate dollars and would limit individual contributions to…

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Charlie Crist says he’s ‘lonely’ on the campaign trail

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says it is “very lonely” running as an independent. Since he quit his party, Crist says he has discovered that people he thought were friends turned out to be only Republican friends, who dropped Crist after he left the GOP. Crist has lost so many campaign staffers that his sister is now running his third-party effort. “When you’re not affiliated with a party, it can be very lonely, particularly initially,” Crist told The Hill in an…

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Charlie Crist says he’s ‘lonely’ on the campaign trail

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says it is “very lonely” running as an independent. Since he quit his party, Crist says he has discovered that people he thought were friends turned out to be only Republican friends, who dropped Crist after he left the GOP. Crist has lost so many campaign staffers that his sister is now running his third-party effort. “When you’re not affiliated with a party, it can be very lonely, particularly initially,” Crist told The Hill in an…

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As Independent, Charlie Crist shows Democratic look

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It’s a pretty good checklist for a Democratic candidate trying to shore up his base as he heads to the fall elections: Standing up for gay members of the military services. Opposing more restrictions on abortions. Calling for a ban on oil drilling off Florida’s shores. Rejecting a bill that would have eliminated tenure for school teachers. Appealing to AFL-CIO members for their union’s endorsement. Yet, these are the recent moves of Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is…

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TPM: How left can Charlie Crist go?

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Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) was, until a month ago, a moderate Republican struggling to appeal to an ultra-conservative base. But now that Crist has unburdened himself from his former party affiliation and become an independent in his run for Senate, he’s been moving decisively leftward. The question is, how left will he go? There have been multiple issues — Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for example — where Crist has ceased to hold to a Republican-friendly position. And, in the opinion…

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Kendrick Meek urges Charlie Crist to be more ‘Independent’ on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Charlie Crist “hasn’t yet acted like an Independent,” according to Nathan Click, a spokesperson for the Kendrick Meek campaign. The campaign points out that Marco Rubio and Crist are identical on gay-rights issues – both squarely against. Adam Sharon, the communications director for the Meek campaign, asks rhetorically, “Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far-right instead of our men and women in uniform?” Continue reading here. Press release from Meek’s campaign: On Monday, the White House…

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