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Charlie Crist announcement fractures local Republican Party

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Noah Pransky reports: The fallout from Gov. Charlie Crist’s no-party U.S. Senate run is already taking it’s toll on the local Republican Party. As the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) encourages members to take a loyalty oath, a number of pro-Crist Republicans have changed their official party registration from Republican to either Independent or Democrat. They include former St. Pete mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, who registered as an Independent on Wednesday. “While I agreed with some of the things the party stood for, not all…

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