Via the Tampa Bay Times:
Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan is leaving the Republican Party, she announced Monday.
She plans to register as a Democrat, she said.
“The GOP of today is not the party I joined,” said Rivas Logan, who also served on the Miami-Dade School Board. “It’s not the party of my parents. It’s a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists.”
Rivas Logan was welcomed to the party by another Republican-turned-Democrat: gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.
“Bienvenida @anarivaslogan to the Democratic Party!” Crist wrote on Twitter. “Glad you are here my friend.”
The Tweet helped fuel speculation Monday morning.
“The bottom line is that the Democrats have a very weak bench,” said Carlos Curbelo, a Miami-Dade School Board member and Republican candidate for U.S. Congress. “If Charlie Crist wanted to choose a Hispanic female to run with him, there is no one else.”
Curbelo added: “I get the sense that this is a very calculated move, and that it is highly likely that she would be chosen.”
Rivas Logan said she could not be considered for the November election. She pointed to a state law saying candidates for partisan posts can run only if they have not been a member of a different political party for 365 days prior to the start of the qualifying period.
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