Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has officially joined the Democratic Party, fueling speculation that he may run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 after getting trounced in his 2010 Senate run.
Crist announced his decision on Twitter Friday evening, saying he was “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President Barack Obama!” The tweet is accompanied by a photo of Crist holding a Florida voter registration application at a White House reception alongside his wife, Carole.
Crist, a one-term Florida governor, registered as an independent in 2010 when polls showed him trailing Marco Rubio in the Republican Senate primary for an open seat. Rubio won with about 50 percent of the vote, against 29 percent for Crist and less than 20 percent for Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in a landslide year for Republicans.