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Hooper: Could Charlie Crist try another run for governor? No, seriously

During our recent appearance on WEDU-Ch. 3's Florida This Week, political strategist Barry Edwards put forth a theory that U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist would make a 2018 run for governor.

I literally blurted out: "Stop."

But the more Edwards and I spoke after the show, the more he strengthened his argument. Whether Crist could win remains a different discussion, but the chance he might join the current field of possible Democratic candidates remains real.

If lawyer John Morgan doesn't run, the all-important Interstate 4 corridor would be up for grabs among the Democratic contenders who hold no geographic tie to the region.

Crist could see that as a viable opening, given his name recognition and experience running a statewide campaign.

Impossible? Maybe, but we've seen crazier developments in our current political climate …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Do Small Things With Great Love …

Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and owner of Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa, was twice honored last week.

Both the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women saluted the deserving recipient. Johnson's inspiring remarks at the USF event about overcoming failure, challenging racism and sexism, and being courageous left an indelible impression.

JamFest: Battle of the Bands takes place Friday and Saturday at Williams Park in St. Petersburg. It helps the Veterans & Community Resource Center. For more information, visit

A group raising funds for a transitional housing program for homeless veterans deserves our support. So do our veterans.

That's all I'm saying.