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Top Florida Democratic strategist: Party would embrace Crist if he's nominee



Florida Democratic strategist Steve Schale sounds pretty comfortable with the idea of Charlie Crist as the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014. From Campaigns & Elections:

C&E: Do you think Florida Democrats would welcome Charlie Crist if he wanted to run as a Democrat?

Schale: You know, I’ve gotten to know him a little bit over the past few years and he’s an interesting guy. When I go to events around the state and talk to donors and political leaders, the bottom line is that everybody just wants to win. I frequently quiz people on Crist and there’s about half of the chattering class in Florida who’s for [him running as a Democrat]. They look at him and see a guy who can win. He can win independents and he’ll get a chunk of Republicans, too. Then there’s the other half that say, “There’s just no way in hell.” I think his real challenge would be if he gets in a primary with a narrow field. At this point, you have seven or eight people talking about running for governor. If they all run and Crist gets in, I think he has an easier time. If he runs and ends up our nominee, I firmly believe that Democrats’ desire to take back the governor’s mansion will trump any concerns they have about Crist.

Full interview here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:42pm]


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