Why I am so personally grateful for Charlie Crist's party switch

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Thank you, Governor.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you for switching parties. Thank you for probably running for Governor. Thank you for probably running for Governor in 2014, when there is no presidential race or US Senate race on the ballot in Florida.

Thank you for discovering Twitter. Thank you for appearing on Hardball and Piers Morgan. Thank you for infuriating Republicans throughout the state. Thank you for ginning up Lenny Curry.

Thank you for all of this.

Understand, I am grateful, not for political or ideological reasons, but for Crist all but guaranteeing continued traffic to this blog for at least another two years (and after 2014, it’ll be Hillary vs. Jeb/Marco, so I’ll be set then). Charlie Crist is a boon to readership and web traffic. And his decision to switch parties in the dead of early December, when it’s sometimes a challenge to find a good story, is Christmas come early.

Especially if you are in the position I am in: a blogger with an inside view, originating from Crist’s hometown.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Charlie, we have been friends for nearly twenty years. In that time, you have done a great deal for me and my family. But I just have to tell you, you switching parties and probably running for Governor, is the best thing you’ve ever done for me. I was worried there for a moment, after President Obama was re-elected, that you were going to take an ambassadorship to some far off country. You can imagine my relief when I saw your Twitter posting about you switching parties. That was enough to convince me, someone who has been skeptical about you deciding to run in 2014, that you intend to take on Rick Scott.

It was also enough to deliver over 58,000 views to my site over the weekend. That’s not suppose to happen on a Saturday in December.

So, again, thank you.  My advertisers, investors and web traffic could not be happier.

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.