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October 26, 2013

The Charlie Crist Show


DSC_0081LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Charlie Crist could barely walk through the crowd without stopping to greet, hug and mug for pictures.

Democratic activists packing the Disney convention hotel Saturday at their state conference flocked to the former Republican governor.

Crist was loose and chatty. He threw his arms around Nan Rich, of Weston, his likely Democratic governor’s race rival. He clowned around with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

An aide tried to move him along at one point. Crist was more than 30 minutes late for a meeting with party bigwigs. Crist demurred.

“This is more important,” he said, leaning in to hug yet another white-haired lady.

If Crist, the formerly self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, faces hurdles uniting his new party for another gubernatorial run, there was little sign of it among the more than 1,000 Democratic activists gathered.

“People say to me all the time, 'Yeah, but what about the activists and Crist?’ ” said Bob Poe, former state party chairman, who only a few years ago blasted Crist in press release after press release.

“Look right there,” Poe said, pointing to a scrum lining up to shake Crist’s hand and pose with him for a photo. “I’m not worried about the activists. I can’t even get him across the room.”

The enthusiasm, or at least acceptance, of Crist wasn’t universal among this group of hard-core Democrats, but many fondly recalled his tenure and record as a moderate Republican governor.

“I believe voting rights are extremely important, and he helped restore the voting rights of ex-felons,” said University of Florida student Christina Ford of Safety Harbor.

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Photo credit: Bill Cotterell

And then there were two: Perry Thurston throws hat in the ring for Attorney General


It's official, says Lauderdhill Rep. Perry Thurston: He's running for attorney general as a Democrat.

He'll be facing George Sheldon in a Democratic primary.

"I think we can drive up turnout, but more importantly, Pam Bondi is vulnerable and we can win. I have a proven track record of raising funds and winning race," said Thurston, a Lauderhill lawyer and outgoing Florida House Democratic leader.

Alan Grayson compares GOP to paranoid, gullible, bigoted, Confederate flag-waving gun nuts


Just days after comparing the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan, Florida’s most-outspoken Democratic Congressman, Alan Grayson, addressed the state party faithful Saturday and likened some Republicans to Confederate flag-waving “bigots.”

Grayson made his comments during a mock reading of a fake Republican Party agenda in which he suggested conservatives were also gay marriage-bashing gun nuts.

“At 8:30 a.m., the morning breakout sessions,” Grayson said, reading the made-up GOP agenda. “Ballroom A: the bigots. Ballroom B: the paranoids. And Ballroom C, the largest group of all: the gullible.”

The speech, largely applauded by the attendees of the Florida Democratic Party’s biannual state conference, followed an opening address by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also a Broward Congresswoman.

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