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Rick Scott and Charlie Crist’s Imminent Gubernatorial Lucha Libre

by Javier Manjarres

The Miami Herald’s always insightful Marc Caputo has just penned a column entitled “Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Race Already On its Way” which outlines the likelihood of a Scott-Crist  gubernatorial showdown is in 2014.  We’ve recently reported that Crist is already making the rounds looking for support from Democratic state legislators and that Democrat insiders are entertaining the though of a possible Crist gubernatorial run as a Democrat.

As Caputo notes, Scott is currently unpopular, but are those approval ratings really reflective of his actual support?  Scott still enjoys widespread support among conservatives who have been happy thus far with his opposition to Obamacare and with his efforts to bring jobs and economic growth back to the state of Florida.

Two years before he’s even on the ballot, Rick Scott is already the $5 million candidate.

Expect that number — the amount he raised through his personal political committee since winning office — to more than quadruple in the coming months. In addition, he has the Republican Party’s coffers and his personal millions at the ready.

Scott will need every penny.

The unpopular governor faces two formidable challenges: His own record and the chance that his predecessor, Charlie Crist, might run against him. -Miami Herald

But unfortunately for Scott there are more than a few “moderate” Republicans that Charlie Crist still has the loyalty and support of. These individuals continue to dismiss Scott’s successes in part by chiding him over his lack of public speaking abilities, and these same people are more likely to side with a power-puff political chameleon who can speak fluidly- albeit from both sides of his mouth.

While the Republican Party of Florida has been able to raise him some significant cash, they were exposed in the recent general election once again for a lackluster grassroots efforts and ground game- as such, Scott’s prospects of winning re-election in 2014 are questionable, if not outright jeopardized.

The big question is whether Democrats ultimately back a Crist gubnernatorial bid or will they instead seek out a “true” Democrat with a track record they can trust to take on Rick Scott?

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. MM from Georgia December 3, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Multiple choice Charlie Crist is always on your side no matter where you are on the political spectrum, at least briefly, as he plots his next move. Remember when establishment Repubs told us Charlie was a good conservative when he ran for the Senate ? Once again the Republican in-crowd was out to lunch.

  2. Cat December 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I don’t want either of these two .. Crist no way .. and Scott is working with the Obama regime to put in the Obamacare exchange in Florida … time to find someone who will work FOR the People and not against. Allen West for Governor would be a good start!

    • Charlie is crazier than squirrel poo December 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Agreed Allen West would lead this State forward!

    • Patriot Lady December 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Can’t stand either one of them. Allen West, yes!

  3. Nancy Celano December 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Get rid of Crist before he even announces. He’s just another turncoat. Anyone who hugs Obama is, in my book, a traitor.

  4. Charlie is crazier than squirrel poo December 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Ironic that Charlie ended up working for Morgan and Morgan chasing ambulances and it is not Morgan and Morgan and Crist. Charlie is a loser and he knows it. He is trying to use John Morgan’s connections to prop up his mediocre political accomplishments.

  5. Carlos December 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Lex Luthor’s got some baggage but RINO Reptile Charlie is far worse. Those vaunted squishy Reps didn’t do the Lizard Man much good in 2010.
    As for GOP support helping anyone, look at what little good it did Romney. While these 2 duke it out in the battle of chopped liver vs. prairie oysters, don’t forget Nan Rich. She will run and the DNC will back her bigtime. They wanna get the GOP outta the Gov.’s mansion almost as badly as Bill Clinton wants a young intern.

  6. CraigInFlorida December 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Personally, I’d like to see a moderate Republican gain the next nomination. We just can’t afford another 4 years of reactionary, mean spirited social cut-throat performance by an inept and socially irresponsible Governor Scott. He’s an embarrassment to both Florida and the nation. Almost anyone, be it a Democratic moderate, or Independent would be a welcome improvement if Mr. Scott garners another nomination.

    • Democrat in Disguise — Craig December 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Craig – How many ways will a disgruntled Democrat act as a Republican? You’ve just added another one.

      Rick Scott’s record on job creation is far better than Obama’s. So why should a weak, faux Republican be chosen instead of Rick Sott? Why should a weak politician — Charlie Crist — be given a job he has already proved he can’t handle? By the way, Rick promised the people of Florida at least 700,000 new jobs by the end of his first term. He’s already way ahead of schedule.

      • Karen December 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        I agree with you! That Craig is Dem. Rick Scott has done a tremendous job! He is actually running Florida like a business. I’m glad he cut education because it gets rid of the wasteful spending that we know that school districts can and will do anytime they get a chance. Rick has streamlined the government. But we need more. Regulations have got to be taken down off the backs of business. Let this state grow and flourish with Rick Scott.

    • Cut Throat Response December 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Mean spirited and cut throat. Just like Craig’s response.

  7. Julie in FL December 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Gov. Scott is doing what he was elected to do…..getting Florida’s fiscal house in order and creating jobs!

    He’s saving FL from becoming California…Thank you, Gov. Scott.

  8. Crist the Clown December 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Charlie Crist is a man without a job, a politician without a party, and a short term strategist without an idea. He followed Jeb aroung like a puppy dog without a bark.

  9. Barry December 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Rick Scott is what Florida needs. Nose to the grindstone, make the right decisions even if not popular. Would like more resistance to Obama exchange, but suspect he has a plan. He has my support. Wish we had run Allen West instead of Connie Mack against Bill Nelson for Senator. If Rubio runs for President, would like to see Allen West for Senator if not VP.