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What's next for Crist, as a Democrat?

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He's been known as 'Chain-gang Charlie,' 'Chalkboard Charlie,' and 'The People's Governor.' So now that Charlie Crist is officially a Democrat, what does he go by now?

"I'm 'Citizen Crist,'" he proclaimed.

As you probably guessed, Republicans have some other names for him, from 'turncoat' to 'sellout.'

"It would be 'Flipper,'" Republican Jerry Morris quipped. "Every time I see him on TV, the theme song of 'Flipper' goes through my mind.

But a lot of Democrats are glad Crist finally switched sides.

"I think Charlie Crist is a good person and has good ideas and will help the Democratic Party and all the parties come together," said Democrat Latoua Halloran.

Crist's decision to join the Democratic Party should surprise no one. Sources told us that was his plan, and we reported it 10 months ago.

So far, it's all played out exactly as we were told, except for the part about running for governor. Crist says he's thinking about it, and sources in both parties expect him to jump in the governor's race soon.

"I'm going to enjoy the holidays and we'll see after first of year what the future holds," was all Crist had to say.

The Republican Party is already bracing for war. It's launched a series of spots showing what this new Democrat said just a couple of years ago: "I'm about as conservative as you can get. About as conservative as you can get."

Republicans are also trying to damage Crist's stock as a Democrat by showing how he once endorsed Sarah Palin and criticized President Obama.

Crist also wanted to repeal the president's health care law. But he says he changed his mind as he learned more about it. And he embraced the president as he learned more about him.

"I grew to admire him the better I got to know him," Crist offered.

Crist says he left the Republican Party because the Tea Party pushed it too far to the right.

"You have to be true to yourself," he added, "have to be able to sleep tonight."

Crist announced he is now a Democrat at the White House with President Obama.

If he runs for governor -- with his name recognition and new ties to Obama -- he may be hard for any other Democrat to stop.

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