A big name from Florida has just been added to the list of speakers at the Democratic National Convention. Democrats in Charlotte are buzzing about former Republican governor Charlie Crist.
Congressman Barney Frank said Crist will play a very important role in this convention.
"Charlie Crist, just a couple of years ago, was one of the most popular Republicans in Florida and he was driven out of his party," the Massachusetts Democrat said. "It speaks to what will happen if the Republicans take over."
Both parties try to find someone who served in the other party to bash the other party. Remember how Zell Miller, the former Democratic governor, nailed the Democrats back in 2004 on defense?
Charlie Crist will play a similar role for the Democrats when he speaks this week. You may remember, Republican delegates in Tampa felt betrayed when they found out Crist endorsed the president.
"He's a very confused man," one delegate offered.
"He is among the people I respect the least in the entire world."
"Charlie Crist is an opportunist."
Now compare that reaction to what Florida's Democrats are now saying about Crist here in Charlotte.
"I think he's one of the best people that I've met in this venue we call politics," offered Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
And the delegates expect Crist to explain why he's no longer a Republican -- and they hope it may persuade some independent, and maybe Republican, voters in Florida.
"I assume he's going to go out and say the Republican Party is too far to the right, and that speaks volumes to the effect of the Tea Party has had on the Republican Party," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
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