The largest gay-rights groups in Florida and the nation endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist on Thursday, a turnaround for the former Republican governor who once helped enshrine a same-sex marriage ban in the state's Constitution. In accepting the support of Equality Florida Action PAC and the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, Crist pledged to pressure Florida's Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, to stop fighting a lawsuit seeking to overturn the same-sex marriage ban voters approved in by 62 percent. And I think you can appeal to the people of Florida to maybe call the attorney general and ask her to get rid of these lawsuits and let individuals in the state of Florida live their lives and keep your nose out of their private life.
Florida's Republican governor, Charlie Crist, is expected to announce today that he will run for the US Senate as an independent in November, as the rising influence of the right wing Tea Party movement is almost certain to rob him of his own party's nomination. Reports in the American media say that Crist will acknowledge the political reality after a dramatic collapse in support that had once seen him regarded as a darling of the Republican party. Crist's break with his party is further evidence of a sharp swing to the right among conservative activists threatening other prominent Republicans, such as the party's former presidential candidate, John McCain, who is fighting an uphill struggle to win re-election as a senator in Arizona.
A leaked Florida investigative report that has been making its way through state political circles over the past few days alleges that former Florida Governor Charlie Crist had at least two homosexual affairs, paid the men he was involved with to leave the state, and struggled with a serious drinking problem while in office — one particular episode supposedly involved Crist drunkenly rampaging around in a golf cart. Life-threatening flooding continued across southeastern Texas Thursday morning as Tropical Rainstorm Imelda continued to dump prolific amounts of rain across the region, inundating homes and streets and prompting numerous requests for rescue. As of early Thursday morning, Imelda, which became a short-lived tropical storm on Tuesday before making landfall in Freeport, Texas, had produced over 40 inches of rain near Hamshire, Texas, about 65 miles east of Houston.
There is no excusing it — not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions. Crist, the former Florida governor and current Congressman from St. Petersburg, has said he's heterosexual.
As if Florida politics weren't already a mess, allegations are surfacing that former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has problems with alcohol, engaged in affairs with at least two men, and then paid to keep the story secret. Crist has responded, denying the allegations. From the WTSP story :.
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They had been seeing each other for nine months and speculation was rife about their future, not least because of its implications for his political career. His marriage removes a major impediment to a possible McCain-Crist Republican ticket — a bachelor hasn't been chosen as a vice-presidential running mate since After a marriage that lasted less than a year before divorce inMr Crist, 51, had not been romantically linked to any woman ever since, prompting speculation that he is gay.
The Washington Post is out with a profile of Charlie Cristthe former Florida governor, former Republican and former bachelor. Andrew Sullivan talked to the owner of a gay bar Crist was alleged to frequent who told Sullivan point blank that Crist was gay. A minor party candidate outed Crist when he first ran for governor in Even mainstream media types have alluded to the rumors.