OK, so try to hold back your excitement. Charlie Crist, along with his three sisters, (whom he referred to as “Charlie’s Angels.” Seriously.) his parents and 300 of his closest friends, supporters and the media, made it official at Straub Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. He will run without party affiliation.
“My decision to run for the United States as a candidate without party affiliation in many way says more about our nation and our state than it does about me.”
“I know this is uncharted territory … and I am aware after this ends I don’t have either party helping me. … But I’m counting on you. I think we need a new tone in Washington. I know we’re doing the right thing.”
This may mean that he won’t leave the Republican Party, unless they drive him out first.
Yes, good luck with that.
From the St. Petersburg Times:
Crist said that he would not remain a Republican.”If you’re going to do it, do it.”
Asked who he would caucus with, Crist replied, “The people of Florida.”
The Tampa Tribune reported Crist’s “party affiliation” question this way:
On the Nov. 2 general election ballot, he will be a “no party affiliation” candidate with the abbreviation NPA beside his name, instead of REP for Republican. The “independent” label is technically inaccurate shorthand. He can remain registered as a Republican.