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White House isn’t flirting with Charlie Crist

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Contrary to rumors and published reports, the White House and senior Democrats aren’t retracting their pledges of support for Rep. Kendrick Meek, their favorite Democrat running for Senate in Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as an independent, let it be known that Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, had telephoned him, leading to a rush of speculation that Democrats didn’t want to alienate someone who could potentially caucus with them.

That’s true, to a point, but Reid’s aides insist the call was perfunctory. “There is no secret plan being hatched to support Crist,” a Democratic political official said. “Just because Republicans dumped their candidate doesn’t mean we have any intention of doing the same.”

The sentiment was echoed by a White House official, who said that neither Crist nor any member of his team had spoken with chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, or political director Patrick Gaspard, the man who’s in charge of the Meek account these days. 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,,, 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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