Former FL Republican Governor Comes Out in Support of Barack Obama

Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist came out in support of Barack Obama today.
Just two years ago Crist told reporters Obama would lose reelection by Carter-like margins.

Maybe he changed his mind.

Crist wrote this nonsensical fluff piece for the Tampa Bay Times this morning days before the start of the GOP convention. Crist was thumped by conservative Marco Rubio in the Republican primary for US Senate in 2010. reported:

I’ve studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I’ve watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I’ve seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes.

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.

We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.

The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.

He knew we had to get people back to work as quickly as possible — but he also knew that the value of a recovery lies in its durability. Short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run. And he knew that happens best by investing in the right places.

President Obama invested in our children’s schools because he believes a good education is a necessity, not a luxury, if we’re going to create an economy built to last. He supported more than 400,000 K-12 teachers’ jobs, and he is making college more affordable and making student loans, like the ones he took out, easier to pay back.

He invested in our runways, railways and roads. President Obama knows a reliable infrastructure that helps move people to work and helps businesses move goods to market is a foundation of growth…

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  • dwillmore

    He did this because of what unelectable Akin said.

  • Warthog

    So, Annoying Orange is back is he?

    This is the “prominant Republican” that DW Shultz has been braying about? Hah! This changes nothing.

  • Shelby

    As someone who worked to help Charlie become Florida governer the first time I cannot even express my disappointment in this man. He is from my home town, St Petersburg. He is without a doubt the biggest snake in the grass I have ever known. No one besides the democrats even listen to him. Following his loss in the Florida Senate race he went to work for one of the major sleezy ambulance chasing firms here. His endorsing Obama is not big suprise and he has reached a point where his opinion is irrelevant to Floridians. Go back under your rock Charlie. No one really cares what you think.

  • Brent

    I am trying to figure out what planet this guy has been on since Obama took office. There is no way he is talking about the Obama from Earth!

  • jmm

    Crist who?

  • southernsue

    not surprised!

  • Hank

    The only operative word in this whole article about Crist is….former. Baw ha ha!!

  • Levans

    We’re really in trouble if Crist’s endorsement signals a shift of all orange people to Obama!

  • dmacleo

    well at least he didn’t say “legitimate” anywheres, right?

  • Bitter Clinger

    We can thank Christ for McLame’s nomination. Just a reminder that this is no faux pas.

  • Bitter Clinger

    Sorry. I meant “Crist” not CHRIST!!!

  • Darwin Akbar

    As No. 6 said, Champagne Charlie is now employed by the most reviled personal injury firm in Central Florida, so it is no wonder that he’s gone Full Quisling. The idea that anyone cares what he says is laughable, and speaks more about his malignant narcissism than anything else.

  • NeoKong

    Screw you Crist.
    We have seen your true color.

  • Spider

    Well since dems won’t go to the DNC convention, maybe squish RINO’s will.

  • Evil Otto

    I for one am shocked, shocked that Governor Oompa-Loompa came out in support of Obama. Charlie was always a political opportunist of the first order, and now he’s not even pretending to be otherwise.

  • Fred Beloit

    Why did they think we threw this mutt out of office?

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