The Tampa Bay Times reports that Charlie Crist, former Republican governor of Florida, “signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.”
The Times described the move as “highly anticipated,” and Crist certainly chose a “media” moment to make the change, on Friday evening.
He did so during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Barack Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama’s re-election this year than any Florida Democrat.
In 2010, Crist “registered with no party affiliation,” and since then “has been steadily inching toward the Democratic Party, including working for Obama’s re-election, and “earning a prominent speaking slot during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.”
The next “highly anticipated” move: Crist will announce his run for Democratic candidate for governor.
(Charlie Crist via Charlie Crist FB)