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Crist had been a Republican but became an independent during his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2010, losing to Rubio. And now Crist is supporting Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and even attending an upcoming fundraiser for him.
Here are a couple of relevant paragraphs from The Miami Herald on the matter:
Republican Connie Mack IV is the heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination during the Aug. 14 primary. Crist’s decision not to support him is at odds with a long history he’s had with the Macks that started when Crist worked to get Connie Mack III elected to the Senate in 1988. Throughout his career, Crist has called the elder Mack a mentor and has often quoted him. Both Macks were longtime Crist supporters.
But that changed when Crist ran for Senate in 2010 and dropped out of the Republican primary and instead ran as an independent. Mack III quit his role as Crist campaign chairman and both Macks withdrew their support and endorsed eventual victor Marco Rubio.
It’s common for people within the same party to get over hard-fought battles. Look at Obama and the Clintons. I just wonder how many wounds have been caused by the blind radicalism of the Tea Party right that will never heal.
(Cross-posted at Lippmann’s Ghost.)