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Charlie Crist as the de facto Democratic nominee?



Good Politico piece on whether leading Democrats in Florida would get behind Charlie Crist's independent campaign for Senate if Jeff Greene wins the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination:

...Crist, written off this spring after being effectively pushed out of the GOP by Rubio, could emerge as the de facto Democratic nominee this fall. 

Or, as Broward County Democratic Chairman and former state Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar put it, Crist could head the “anybody but Marco campaign.” 

“If polls indicate that Greene is down by 20 points, then Crist becomes more attractive because then, at least, you stop Rubio and extremism,” Ceasar said. 

Florida Democratic officeholders, dreading the prospect of sharing the same ticket as Greene, are even blunter about what they might do should Meek lose. 

“What a lot of us will have to decide is, do we stay out of the race or support Crist,” said one member of the Florida congressional delegation. “It will be tempting to endorse Crist.” 

Of Greene’s big-money effort, this Democrat fumed: “The whole thing is obnoxious.” 

Florida’s leading Democratic donors are also unambiguous about their distaste for Greene, and they fear the consequences of his winning the nomination. 

“I think if Greene wins the primary, which I don’t think is going to happen, the conventional wisdom is it would help Charlie Crist,” said Chris Korge, a Miami-area real estate developer and party bundler. “A lot of the [Democratic] base won’t vote. Some will go to Crist.” 


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