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Political Connections Sun: Tampa mayor not yet on board w Charlie Crist



Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a life-long Democrat, made it clear early last Fall that he was not happy with the prospect of Florida Democrats nominating Charlie Crist for governor. We figured he would have gotten used to the notion now that Crist has been in the race for several months.

We figured wrong.

In a Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9, Buckhorn made clear that he's keeping his distance from Crist.

"I'm not getting involved at this point. I've got a lot in the legislature this year that we hope to accomplish. I need friends on both sides of the aisle," Buckhorn said in the interview airing at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
But he'll ultimately endorse the Democratic nominee? "I don't know," Buckhorn said.

Keep in mind that Buckhorn could be a strong Democratic contender for governor in 2018. He would have a window if Scott wins a second term, but probably not if Democratic Gov. Crist were running for reelection.

Political Connections airs at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay. Here's a clip.

[Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:35pm]


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