Breaking Free

Crist Preparing Independent Run

Florida Governor Charlie Crist appears ready to fly the Republican coop: He has already decided to run as an independent for the Florida Senate, if the Southern Political Report is to be believed. It’s reporting that Crist “is preparing to announce sooner rather than later that he will leave the GOP and continue his run for Senate as an independent. Sources add that the speech Crist will use in his announcement is now being drafted.” Polling shows him way behind conservative challenger Marco Rubio in a GOP primary but leading a three-way race with Rubio and a Democrat.