It’s only been a couple of days since former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tweeted his intentions to run for Congressional District 13 and both SaintPetersblog and Florida Politics have been on top of the coverage.
Extensive Enterprises head hauncho Peter Schorsch has written about the irony in gerrymandered districts opening the door for yet another political bid. It was the 1992 “Bug Splat” district in South St. Pete, Manatee, Hillsborough and Polk counties that got him his start in the Florida House of Representatives.
Then he mused about the appropriateness of how Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman responded to a potential Crist congressional bid. It’s all great fodder and super fun for us politicos.
But we’re not the only game in town.
The Tampa Bay Times has a fun little Buzz on the historical significance of yet another Crist loss. As Times reporter Alex Leary pulls from Smart Politics, if a Crist CD 13 bid is unsuccessful he will be one of only three major party nominees in Florida history to lose races for governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Oh, and he’d be the first in nearly a century.
Interesting though that may be, a new St. Pete Polls survey shows Crist is, as Schorsch put it, more popular than free ice cream. He’s leading Eric Lynn by more than 60 points. And of course, if estimations of a newly drawn CD13 are correct, the district will likely lean left.
But then over at the Tampa Tribune, that clear-cut lead isn’t so clearcut. Columnist Joe Henderson points out a number of hurtles Crist will have to clear, but most notably that this isn’t the first time he seemed a shoo-in and then lost.
Henderson spoke to one of the Tampa Bay area’s most prominent political scientists, Darryl Paulson, who also said that maybe, just maybe, voters will recognize Crist’s “one and done” track record. In six elected offices, he’s never once run for re-election.
However the scenario plays out, good ole Charlie is great fun for writers and bloggers and we are all most certainly busting out our fans.