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Obama campaign veterans sign on w Charlie Crist

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The Hug



After 20 years of campaigning, Charlie Crist knows as as much or more about winning elections in Florida as anybody. But he's still a rookie when it comes to winning elections as a Democrat, so in putting together a campaign team for his Democratic gubernatorial campaifgn Crist appears to be relying heavily on his pals from the Barack Obama campaign.

His new media consultant is Jim Margolis, and his pollster is John Anzalone, both part of Obama's campaign team. Senior adviser Steve Schale, is a pro who ran Obama's 2008 Florida campaign.

And in yet another reminder of how weird this whole situation is, former Florida Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe, who used to say all kinds of mean things about Republican Charlie Crist, is chairman of Crist's political committee, Charlie Crist for Florida. That's Crist's answer to Rick Scott's Let's Get to Work committee, which can accept unlimited contributions.


[Last modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 12:03pm]


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