What readers are saying about Gov. Crist's plans to run for Senate
Gov. Charlie Crist confirmed the worst kept secret in Florida this morning announcing he would run for U.S. Senate. Immediately after Crist's announcement, readers joined a live chat to discuss the news with Times political editor Adam C. Smith. And the discussion has continued throughout the day on tampabay.com and The Buzz.
Here's a look at what readers are saying:
"Charlie hasn't lived up to his campaign promises," Bryan wrote on The Buzz. "I voted for him for governor and I now deeply regret it. I won't be fooled again!"
Dave from Safety Harbor wrote: "I hope the number of votes he gets 'drop like a rock' just like he said our insurance rates would."
"This means he will do nothing over the next 2 years except campaign," wrote Fedup from St. Pete. "Florida is a mess and he should be fixing it instead of running for Senate."
Steve of Fort Myers wrote: "We came here from Pennsylvania where we held our noses and voted for Arlen Specter every 6 years. I fear we may have to do the same again with Charlie with the same results. We'll be helping to send a Democrat in Republican clothes to D.C."
Tracy from Dunedin took issue with Crist's statement that he'll continue to "put the people of Florida first."
"Ha! Has Crist taken a look at Florida's schools?" Tracy asked. "Our children have definitely not been on that list of "people!"
And several readers poked fun at Crist's statement: "For me it's always been about service."
"'It's always been about service' my foot," wrote Skeptical
"For me, it's always been about me." Vinny remarked.
Jim Davis supporter commented: "Iit's ... about service" Right. Self-service is more like it. This is just another stepping stone for Charlie on his way to the White House."
Sadly wrote: "Crist paraphrase: It's always been about ambition."
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