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Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

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Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in the race, Marco Rubio.

In his most recent about-face, Mr. Crist changed his policy on travel to Cuba. In 2008, Mr. Crist signed a law imposing taxes on companies that traveled to and from the communist country. This week, he told Floridians: “I think that what the [Obama] administration has done by allowing families to visit [Cuba] is compassionate.”

Mr. Crist has removed pro-life references from his campaign site, endorsed the president’s off-shore oil moratorium, and come out in support of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. He has also made efforts to ally himself with unions and President Obama, vetoing a merit pay bill for teachers, which infuriated education reformists and conservatives. In another slap at his former supporters, he agreed to speak at the state AFL-CIO convention last month (the union thanked him by endorsing his Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek anyway).

Most of all, there’s his wild weathervane swingings on President Obama. First he embraced the president and his stimulus bill, then he tried to distance himself from both during the GOP primary. Now he’s keen to associate himself with the president again to hype up their oil spill recovery efforts. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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