Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mitch Perry Report 1.21.14 - Charlie Crist's new weapon?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Jim Messina, President Obama's campaign manager in 2012, is joining Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign as a senior strategic adviser.

This is potentially a big boost in the arm for the former and possibly future Florida governor's campaign chances in knocking off incumbent Rick Scott. According to Politico, Messina will not be involved in the day-to-day aspects of the campaign.

You might recall that Cristworld was slightly knocked off its trajectory a few months ago when campaign manager Bill Hyers bailed out of working with Crist, just a little while after it was announced with great fanfare that he was running the 2014 gubernatorial effort.
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Crist continues to lead his only major rival, former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich by a substantial amount going into this August's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Crist's new memoir about his political evolution from Republican to independent to Democrat, The Party's Over, is scheduled to be published two weeks from today. Like other reporters in Florida, CL has been leafing through the book recently. Here are some of our thoughts about it.

In the Tampa Bay area, we're now being governed by two Democrats in our biggest cities - Bob Buckhorn in Tampa and Rick Kriseman in St. Petersburg. And they share a lot of similar ideas. But not when it comes to police car chases and guns.

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