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 polls, Crist has for now effectively overtaken the likely Democratic nominee, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, as the de facto alternative to presumptive Republican nominee Marco Rubio, and he has reached out to labor and liberals. So it’s worth looking at where the substantive changes have taken place. Continue reading here.