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Will Weatherford’s timing off, but only for the moment

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Like comedy, politics is most often all about timing. No one knows this better than Will Weatherford, who at the age of 26 rocketed from obscure legislative aide to Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives because of unanticipated, but perfectly placed, events (more about which in a moment). Now, arguably, this once-rising star of the Republican Party has fallen victim to his breathtaking start. In short, two years after he surrendered the gavel as America’s youngest state House speaker,…

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Washington Post: Charlie Crist gambles on the left

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From the Fix: In the days and weeks following Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s decision to switch his party affiliation from Republican to Independent to run for Senate this year, the central question was where he would try to align himself ideologically. Of late, Crist has made it very clear — through a series of governing decisions and campaign hires — that he has all but given up on GOP votes and sees his path to the Senate coming with independents and,…

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Charlie Crist polled on Monday & Tuesday about an Independent run and learned that…

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From The Fix: Conversations with Florida Republicans — those close to Crist and those not — reveal a broad consensus that some time either today or, more likely, tomorrow, he will announce that he is switching parties to become an independent. According to multiple Republican sources, Crist conducted a poll on Monday and Tuesday to test his viability as an independent and got numbers back that encouraged him that there was a path to victory running without any major party…

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Charlie Crist polled on Monday & Tuesday about an Independent run and learned that…

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From The Fix: Conversations with Florida Republicans — those close to Crist and those not — reveal a broad consensus that some time either today or, more likely, tomorrow, he will announce that he is switching parties to become an independent. According to multiple Republican sources, Crist conducted a poll on Monday and Tuesday to test his viability as an independent and got numbers back that encouraged him that there was a path to victory running without any major party…

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The Fix: Why Charlie Crist is no Joe Lieberman

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From The Fix: Speculation continues to run rampant regarding Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s (R) political future with some outlets insisting that a speech explaining the party-switch is already in the works while other sources tell the Fix that no such move is in the offing. With the “will he or won’t he” debate running wild, the most commonly cited comparison to where Crist finds himself is Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) who, after losing the Democratic primary to cable television magnate Ned Lamont…

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Washington Post suggests Daily Kos poll is behind the curve

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From the Washington Post’s The Fix: Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is nearly doubling up Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida Republican Senate primary, according to a new poll conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog. Rubio takes 58 percent to Crist’s 30 percent, an absolutely amazing reversal from even six months ago when Crist looked to be cruising not just to the nomination but to the Senate. The poll numbers may be slightly behind the…

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