Prominent Charlie Crist backer urging indie run
"If I was advising his campaign that's what I would tell him to do. He hasn't asked me about that, but I have suggested it to him,'' said Morgan. "We've seen the model with Joe Lieberman in Connecticut. We saw that's possible.There's probably a good amount of Republicans that would vote for him, a good amount of independents, and a good amount of Democrats.The problem is the window is rapidly closing."
Crist has repeatedly brushed off speculation about him running as an independent, but until the drop-dead deadline of April 30 hits, the political world will continue to wonder. The likeliest sources to finance an indie run would be trial lawyers and teachers grateful for a veto of SB6.
"I think he will run as a Republican,'' said Tampa trial lawyer Steve Yerrid, another Crist supporter, who thinks Crist has enough valid ammunition to use against Marco Rubio that he can win the primary. "Desperate times call for desperate measures, but the desperation is not there yet."
Morgan, though, questions whether the controversy about Rubio's party credit card spending and other issues are enough to halt Rubio's momentum in the primary. "There is a mob mentality out there now, not just in Florida but across the country. It could be Marco Rubio or Marco Polo. They're just looking for some person, some symbol, to lead the mob."