Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Charlie Crist States The Obvious

From Fusion via C&L:

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Tuesday that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP were hostile to President Obama due to his race.

Crist, who is running for his old office against Gov. Rick Scott (R), said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that he felt uncomfortable with his previous party affiliation. Republicans are perceived as “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay,” he said, and they refuse to compromise with Obama. The ex-governor said he feels, “liberated as a Democrat.”

“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there,” he said. “I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me.”

I’ll probably end up voting for Charlie Crist, but even if I agree with his view that there’s the subtext of elegant racism permeating the GOP, I can’t help but feel that Mr. Crist is a flaming bit of an opportunist.

3 barks and woofs on “Charlie Crist States The Obvious

  1. The obvious is that “opportunism” defines “politician” so why be surprised.

  2. While I agree that Crist may be an opportunist, at least his reasons for seizing this opportunity are rational and make good moral sense. The only opportunity the GOP seems to be able to seize is the opportunity to say something stupider than that last guy…

  3. If Charlie Crist is still standing after the primary, I will hold my nose and vote for him. The conduct of the Florida Democratic Party towards Nan Rich is the of the lowest common denominator. Their actions will come back to haunt them and the DNC in the not too distant future.

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