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Charlie Crist's new path to the U.S. Sen



A bunch of folks have pointed us to an intriguing, albeit not necessarily likely, scenario for the 2014 election cycle: Sen. Bill Nelson decides ultimately that he wants to run for governor, which many Democrats see as their best shot at unseating Rick Scott since Nelson carries far less baggage than Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

Then what to do about Crist, who has built up loads of good will with the Obama White House and political operation? Simple. Nelson is not up for re-election in 2014 and so would not have to resign his Senate seat to run for governor. If he beat Scott, Gov. Nelson would then be the one to appoint a new senator. A logical pick? Charlie Crist, who apparently decided in 2010 that he would rather be in the Senate than the governor's office anyway.

This is Florida. Stranger things have happened.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:06am]


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