Florida Governor Charlie Crist has announced that he is leaving the Republican party and running for U.S. Senate as an independent. A New York Times blog-post title says it all: "Crist to GOP: Drop Dead." Many Republicans, including Ex-Gov. Bush, don't seem too happy about it.
This should be interesting. One thing that many of us Floridians agree on is that Gov. Crist was nowhere near as atrociously Republican as his predecessor Jeb Bush.
The St. Pete Times suspects that Gov. Crist will be "tapping an unusually wide pool of potential donors that includes Democrats and liberal special interest groups like trial lawyers and the teachers union."
One thing that might help Gov. Crist with the teachers is his vetoing a GOP bill a couple weeks ago that had Florida's teachers and parents up in arms:
Crist's verdict [on the controversial bill]: "We must start over. This bill has deeply and negatively affected the morale of our teachers, our parents and our students. They are not confident in our system because they do not believe their voices were heard."
Another thing that might help Gov. Crist with angry teachers and parents would be if he did more to roll back ex-Gov. Bush's education policies.