Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor, described in an interview Tuesday that the fundamental reason for his leaving of the GOP was due to “Intolerable racism.” In a statement told to Jorge Ramos, Crist said that he witnessed so much resentment toward President Barack Obama that he simply “could not take it anymore.” Crist also was not comfortable being in a party that had the stigmas of being “anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-minority, anti-environment, and anti-woman. ”
Crist insists that it was not he who changed, it was the party; saying that the consistency of his core beliefs, which he has held all throughout his political career, could not be maintained. Crist is now fully associated with the Democratic party. “I am liberated as a Democrat, my true soul is able to be seen, and I couldn’t be happier about it.” Crist insinuated that the hatred toward Obama is extremely counter productive: saying, “They’re so hard right now they won’t cooperate with the president on anything.” It seems that Crist leaving has improved his political prosperity. He is running again for governor and presently holds a significant lead over Governor Rick Scott.
Charlie Crist departed the Republican party to run as an independent in 2010. He was defeated in a three-way race for the Senate seat won by Marco Rubio, and now has officially joined the Democratic party. He is currently pursuing Gov. Rick Scott for his Florida position this year. Republicans have responded to the estrangement of Charlie Crist with accusations of their own. Ramos implied that the “moment” Charlie Crist abandoned the GOP was when he realized that he would lose to -now- Senator Marc Rubio. Crist denied the accusation, citing that it was the unprecedented hatred and racism against President Barack Obama. That was not convincing to analysts, political reporter Jason Linkins stated in an interview that if Charlie Crist won the Republican primary, he would be a Republican right now.
Sen. Marco Rubio retaliated against the claims from Crist, describing the remarks from the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat as, “ridiculous and silly…I’m even cautious to dignify that with a response. My prediction is that by the end of this election, even Democrats will be embarrassed that Charlie Crist became a Democrat.” Rubio continued to argue against Crist, questioning why he did not make his feeling about the GOP known earlier. Rubio blamed the contender for the governor position as being a phony and cited that it is one of the primary reasons he ran for the U.S. Senate. “I did not want my next U.S. senator to be someone like that who would not just be trustworthy in moments of importance for the country, but who would embarrass us by saying these sorts of ridiculous things.” Rubio defended against the allegations of racism against the party as well: “I have never met a single Republican activist involved in my campaign that has ever, in my opinion, been motivated by race to state their objections.” Rubio did concede that because Crist is running for governor for his state, he -at some point- must come to friendly enough terms to allow for negotiation.
By Andres Loubriel