Standing on the corner ....
Charlie Crist spent Thursday standing in 90-degree heat, waving to cars at busy intersections. It's what candidates do in Florida. After sign wavings in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Crist came home to St. Petersburg. Horns honked and drivers flashed the thumbs-up sign as Crist, wearing a Crist T-shirt, waved at passing motorists at the corner of 22nd Avenue and 4th Street North.
A man in a red pickup shouted, "You're going to lose!" A wisecracking boy on a Pinellas school bus yelled, "Charlie Crist sucks!" But the response was overwhelmingly positive.
"If not here, nowhere," Crist said, describing the positive vehicular feedback in the town where he grew up, attended high school and was elected state senator. Jerry Cisar, pastor of Gulf Coast Community Church, stopped to question Crist about abortion and whether he would only appoint judges who oppose abortion. (No, Crist said. The attributes he's looking for in judges are honesty and judicial temperament).
"I'm pro-life," Crist told the pastor. "Good. That's what I need to know," Cisar said.