Report: Charlie Crist to make “major campaign announcement” tomorrow morning

posted at 9:49 pm on October 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

All I have for you is this one-line post from Mark Halperin at Time relaying that it’ll come at 10:30 a.m. in Deerfield Beach. No other news source, including the Florida papers, has anything about it. Could be something innocuous — touting the Schwarzenegger endorsement, maybe — or it could be … farewell?

Farewell to whom, though?

Crist met privately Monday with a group of influential Palm Beach County Democratic clubs, who in turn formally called on Meek to quit the race. The request was supposed to come in a meeting with Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson today, but Meek canceled after learning of the agenda.

“We waited this long to see what’s happened with Kendrick Meek’s fundraising and polling and so forth. I’m 99.8 percent certain it’s hopeless for Meek,” said Jay Weitz, chairman of the People’s Choice PAC, which is made up largely of Democratic clubs representing thousands of voters.

Meek has repeatedly scoffed at the notion that he might bow out. Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning with him in St. Petersburg and Orlando next week.

Rumors were swirling today that Meek was on his way out but the campaign denies them adamantly. The fact that he scheduled Billy Jeff for next week makes me think he’s in it to win it, or rather, to lose it by as small a margin as possible. In which case, what’s Crist announcement about? Is he dropping out? Why would he do that the day after Schwarzenegger’s endorsement and after meeting with Palm Beach Dems to line up support? My guess is he’s planning to appear with those Democrats by his side and formally call for Meek to get out in hopes of unifying Democrats against Rubio. Either that or he’s going to announce that he plans on caucusing with the Democrats in the Senate if elected, which will shift many of Meek’s voters — but not all — into his column. Remember, according to PPP, a two-way race would be 46/46. I can’t take the pressure.


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going with door number #2 Allah- caucus with the dems….

cmsinaz on October 12, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Maybe Crist is taking some time off to do like Grayson. ABANDONING ALL DIGNITY, ALLEN GRAYSON BEGS BLOGGERS FOR CAMPAIGN MONEY

Nearly Nobody on October 12, 2010 at 11:41 PM

The Republicans don’t want him, the Independents don’t want him, the Libertarians don’t want him, the women don’t him. . .

The Media wants him. Crist is the candidate of The Media.

As for Charlie’s announcement, I will predict that he will disclose that he’s suddenly decided to convert to Judaism.

Emperor Norton on October 12, 2010 at 11:42 PM

I don’t see an even split between Rubio and Crist. Its one thing to ask who they would support between the two, its another to have Meek forced out and Charlie change parties for a third friggin time.

Zaggs on October 12, 2010 at 11:42 PM

As for Charlie’s announcement, I will predict that he will disclose that he’s suddenly decided to convert to Judaism.

Emperor Norton on October 12, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Or maybe he’ll finally come out of the closet and then ask Meek to pull out. Pull out of what though will be anyone’s guess.

Zaggs on October 12, 2010 at 11:43 PM

tree hugging sister on October 12, 2010 at 11:28 PM

This deal has been in the planning for quite a while. Would it really have any impact on the campaign?

Cindy Munford on October 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Look at the classy Charlie Crist has on his web site.

terryannonline on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM

I say Murky is on the verge of doing the thing thing in Alaska.

sandee on October 12, 2010 at 11:53 PM

terryannonline on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Pretty nasty, they don’t like to stray from the victim theme do they?

Cindy Munford on October 12, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Look at the classy Charlie Crist has on his web site.

terryannonline on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Obscure Niche Paper Endorses Flip-Flopping Weasel

amerpundit on October 12, 2010 at 11:55 PM

I say Murky is on the verge of doing the thing thing in Alaska.

Murkowski’s going to convert, too?

Emperor Norton on October 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM

mperor Norton on October 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM

No revert to Dhimmitude.

sandee on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Crist will announce his new logo: ©
He thought it up himself and it took months.

Rocks on October 13, 2010 at 12:09 AM

How cynical. Talk about a hack. I’m betting that move would turn a lot of people off. There will be lots of Dems just sitting this one out.

Queen0fCups on October 13, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Sun Tan lotion in every basket!

Hummer53 on October 13, 2010 at 12:14 AM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 11:27 PM
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I gave myself three days early parole for good behavior.

hawkdriver on October 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM

hawkdriver: Excellent,I do miss your posts,and we need you
for the run-up to Nov.2——————:)

canopfor on October 13, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Blacks are already mad at Obama and if he forces Meeks out or endorses Crist, blacks will stay home even more. Meeks was a Hillary supporter in 2008 not Obama.

Tampa Tribune endorsed Rubio. He is up over 50% now so not sure what any of the Charlie maneuvering is going to do. The day Crist said he would have become NO PARTY even if he was up 30 points, he lost almost all the rest of the GOP and Indy’s that had still been with the scumbag. Finally they had to admit that Charlie would say and do anything to get elected including lying.

If he says he is caucusing with the Democrats, Indy’s will go even more for Rubio along with conservative Dems. Cannot wait to see Crist off the national stage or any stage. He has no core values whatsoever.

PhiKapMom on October 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM

canopfor on October 12, 2010 at 11:31 PM
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Heh.

SlaveDog on October 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM

SlaveDog:)

canopfor on October 13, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Reason #387 to hate Charlie %$@&ing Crisp:

With a little dyslexia and no sleep, I thought the headline read Chris Christie and got my hopes up.

Laura in Maryland on October 13, 2010 at 12:36 AM

PhiKapMom on October 13, 2010 at 12:32 AM

I’m out of the state right now but I don’t think Mr. Meek has done anything to deserve this wholesale abandonment by his party. I agree with you that national Dems flirting with Crist will come back to bite them badly.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2010 at 12:38 AM

If Meek endorsed the slimey turncoat RINO ba$tard, would Meek’s name still be on the ballot on election day? That would cost the stinkin low-life RINO 15 points easy. (Plus the blacks would be seriously pi$$ed and not come out to support the sack o’ $hit RINO back-stabber)

Ogabe on October 13, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Look at the classy Charlie Crist has on his web site.

terryannonline on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM

That has to be one of the worst things I’ve ever seen from a campaign.

tetriskid on October 13, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Gets a major tanning bed endorsement?

Limerick on October 13, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Let me guess .. he is going to use a © for his campaign logo.

J_Crater on October 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

He’s going to announce that after looking deep into his soul he’s discovered that he may actually have a principle after all. He’s not really sure though because he never really thought he had one before. Unfortunately, for everyone else, the principle in question is called self-preservation.

Fred 2 on October 13, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Crist will be announcing the itinerary of his upcoming vacation with his wife to Disney World and soliciting campaign donations to cover it.

bayview on October 13, 2010 at 12:56 AM

I am frightened for my country. That Crist and Murkowski both ignored the wishes of primary voters, and that they have not been completely ostracized by all members of the electorate, and both parties, points to an “end justifies the means” mentality that seems to be gaining more and more of a foothold in our society as each day goes by. Sports fans forced the use of instant replay in football to make the game more fair. Our political system seems to be heading in the opposite direction, and that people have abandoned principle to celebrate the actions of Murkowski and Crist saddens me greatly. Do we really care more about fairness is sport than we do about fairness in the process that determines who we send to Washington to lead this country? Apparently so.

oldoldbabs on October 13, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Meek is the only black candidate for Senator in the country and Crist will make a big to-do about it tomorrow when he “releases his supporters” to him. Then he’ll sit back and watch Rubio win and think he still has a future because he didn’t officially go down in flames.

Marcus on October 13, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Well, I mean besides Alvin.

Marcus on October 13, 2010 at 1:01 AM

My guess is he will appear with the dems and Arnold to show he has “bipartisan” support

HotAirExpert on October 13, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Is Florida really so shallow that they would consider electing a chameleon like this?

It is perfectly clear this race is about power for Crist not the People of Florida.

What is wrong with people?

petunia on October 13, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 13, 2010 at 12:36 AM

If this is anyone but Steve Allen, you’re stealing my bit!

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Reason #387 to hate Charlie %$@&ing Crisp:

Laura in Maryland on October 13, 2010 at 12:36 AM

made me laugh

hawkdriver on October 13, 2010 at 2:11 AM

made me laugh

hawkdriver on October 13, 2010 at 2:11 AM

She stole my bit, Hawk. The nerve!

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 2:20 AM

She stole my bit, Hawk. The nerve!

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 2:20 AM

lol. Sorry, it was hers at the end of the thread I read.

hawkdriver on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 AM

Someone in his campaign probably created a new logo. Most likely a picture of a jackass in a circle.

ButterflyDragon on October 13, 2010 at 2:51 AM

He going to run for back stabber of the year. Lisa mookowski is also in the running.

bessex on October 13, 2010 at 3:47 AM

I guess the Dems have decided to go “Hos before Bros” in this one.

SuperCool on October 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM

lol. Sorry, it was hers at the end of the thread I read.

hawkdriver on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 AM

I didn’t mean from today, but it’s OK. She’s allowed to steal.

Lanceman on October 13, 2010 at 6:32 AM

His announcement will be the political equivalent of Al Capone’s vault.

Marcus on October 12, 2010 at 10:26 PM

He’s hired Geraldo as his publicist? How low can this man go?

ajacksonian on October 13, 2010 at 6:59 AM

So, just for the record, a former Republican Governor with a new website that says Independent receives an endorsement from a failed California Governor, and now plans to caucus with Democrats if he gets their blessing, to achieve his goal of becoming a Senator????

Could some one ask Jerry Brown who’s the whore in this race?

Rovin on October 13, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Meek is the only black candidate for Senator in the country and Crist will make a big to-do about it tomorrow when he “releases his supporters” to him. Then he’ll sit back and watch Rubio win and think he still has a future because he didn’t officially go down in flames.

Marcus on October 13, 2010 at 1:01 AM

What about my favorite candidate, Alvin Greene? Alvin is the official primary winner Democratic candidate. It is a shame that his party has failed to hear the choice of the people of his State.

barnone on October 13, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Remember politician speak. “Major political announcement” can be such things as “Hey, I found 87 cents under the cushions on the couch!”

The new Dem logo was a major political announcement too. In fact, I believe they hyped it up even more than that.

Wait and see folks, before getting your knickers in a twist. They odds are extremely in favor of it being a non-event.

Chris of Rights on October 13, 2010 at 7:43 AM

My hope is that he decides to drop out and announce that he is going to be the newsest cast member on “Jersey Shore” next season. Why not? He already has that whole “orange glow” thing down.

milwife88 on October 13, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Crist’s major announcement is that he’s running away to join the circus. No…waitaminnit…he’s already there.

Maybe he’s announcing another flip-flop and rejoining the Republican party.

Or, to make things really ridiculous, maybe he’s announcing he’s officially joining the Democrat party and is asking Meek to voluntarily step aside so he can run as the Democrat nominee.

Or maybe this is all just a bad dream from which the state of Florida will soon awaken.

Carl on October 13, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Charlie Crist announcing that he will caucus with the dems will not only inflame many independents, but it has the potential to scorch what ever moderate Rs that still support him.

Also, if he helps Meeks to be thrown under the bus, Rubio or the Republican party will run an ad stating the obvious fact that here’s another “white guy” throwing a black guy under the bus so he can further his personal fortune.

Go Charlie go, around the bowl and down the hole – go Charlie go!

belad on October 13, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Obama was here within the last couple of days campaigning for Meek, raising money for him and other endangered FL Dems. As of yesterday, Meek is still running anti-Crist ads on TV here in Jacksonville. Face it: Meek is NOT dropping out. Period.

I doubt Crist is dropping out, either. I heard him on the radio yesterday saying that a vote for Meek is a vote for Rubio. So my guess is that he’s going to announce that if elected, he will caucus with the Dems.

While that WILL siphon many Dem votes away from Meek, that will be offset by the exodus of (a) the 18-20% of Republicans who still, for some reason, support Crist; and (b) the independents who hate the Dems this election cycle. Kinda hard for Crist to go from “I will caucus with the people of FL” to “I will caucus with Durbin and Schumer” and expect the electorate to reward him for it.

crushliberalism on October 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM

He just spoke out against the Obama administration’s dropping the moratorium on drilling. With gas prices going up 15 cents in the last couple of weeks, I think he needs to hire some who knows at least a little something about strategic timing.

John Deaux on October 13, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Well it’s morning now Crist, bring it!

thebrokenrattle on October 13, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Lets all keep in mind, as Crisp makes his big announcement, that it wasn’t all that long ago that he was exalted by the Good Ol’ Party brass and by many GOP bloggers as the poster boy of “Big Tent Republicanism.” Every Charlie Crisp story, like every Arlen Specter story, every Mike Castle story, every DeDe story and every Lisa Markowski story, should be another dead flower on the casket of big tent Republicanism.

james23 on October 13, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Maybe he’s going to drop the October Surprise on Rubio.
Maybe it has to do with the Republican Party of Florida credit card investigation by the Feds.
I pray it’s not so, but you never know.

sandspur on October 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM

He’s meeting with PB county dems behind closed doors to power broker a deal that will in effect remove the actual dem candidate from the race. And dems state wide are cool with this? Maybe they can watch the announcement on the lean forward station.

Kissmygrits on October 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM

If Christ announces he will caucus with the dems and asks Meeks to get out, I think his support will actually drop. He may pick up a bunch of Meeks’ voters, but he will lose those (idiot) republicans who are still planning on voting for him.

Monkeytoe on October 13, 2010 at 9:03 AM

There is a lot of skulduggery afoot today. The mighty one has laid out his game plan for the loss in a lengthy interview on his post election tack with the new congress. Charlie no doubt will make a very impotent statement ,then we will see him slip into what is left of bomas cadre of helpers.
From drudge this AM.
Obama: ‘There’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects’…

Not sure Crist,Murky are triangulating but all three are warming up the press to find someone to blame for their failures.

Col.John Wm. Reed on October 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM

That low life gives cynical, pandering, unprincipled, politicians a bad name.

Hilts on October 13, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Crist is planning to tell the country that Meek is dropping out of the race. He will then call Meek and ask him to comply….

Vashta.Nerada on October 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Is there anyone in Florida who actually likes this guy? Because I sure don’t know anyone who does. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats I know trust him an inch.

rockmom on October 13, 2010 at 9:41 AM

23 minutes ’til we find out.

tree hugging sister on October 13, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Maybe he has a new logo. :p

obladioblada on October 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM

He’s joining the ACP?

mojo on October 13, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Whatever Crist does, it’s sheer desperation. Every recent poll has Rubio up by double-digits, over 40%, with Crist around 30% and Meek around 20%.

If Crist tries to convince Meek to drop out, Meek will rightfully claim to have won the Dem primary, in which Crist did not compete, while Crist campaigned with Republican money, so Meek will tell his hard-core Democrat supporters to stick with him.

If Crist announces that he will caucus with the Democrats if elected, he might draw some of Meek’s support, but he will lose any remaining Republican support, and right-leaning Independents will shift to Rubio, giving Rubio at least 45% of the three-way vote–could Crist really force Meek down below 10% in order to beat Rubio?

Even if Crist convinces Meek to give up, Meek’s name is still on the ballot as the Dem nominee, and that can’t be changed this late. Remember NY-23, Scozzafava dropped out and endorsed the Democrat, but her name was on the ballot and she got 5% of the vote. There are probably hundreds of thousands of knee-jerk liberals in Florida who vote straight party-line Democrat, who won’t bother looking for Crist on the ballot if Meek “drops out” but is still on the ballot.

Rock / Crist / Hard Place.

Steve Z on October 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Oh, man. It could be that…drumroll…,b>Robert Kennedy Junior is endorsing him today.

Oh, whoopdeeeffindoo.

tree hugging sister on October 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

He’s moving to Alaska to run against Miller, Murky, and the Fat Guy?

victor82 on October 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

OK everyone…wait for it…..He is getting an endorsement from Robert Kennedy Jr!! Wow..what a mind-blower this should really tilt the odds NOW!!! Is he kidding with this??? I am sure all of the Rubio supporters are going to dump him and FLOCK to Crist over a KENNEDY endorsement. And Meek is getting the Bubba endorsement…so NOW WHAT?? Are they just trying to play chicken with each other until one of them drops out???

Dan Pet on October 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM

So, lemme think. The RFK thing DOES tie in EVER so nicely with the US Sugar deal finally going thru (and it wasn’t a for sure, ’cause it’s MEGA bucks and has been a HUGE source of controversy), so that’s CERTAINLY big enough for a campaign announcement. Plus, burnishes his enviro/green cred and there’s HUGE money and political capital here wrapped up in that.

tree hugging sister on October 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I’m not hearing any breaking news, anyone?

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Has the announcement happened yet?

If so, what was it?

I tried to find news at HA and other online sources but couldn’t find anything except this story.

JadeNYU on October 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

JadeNYU on October 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Robert F Kennedy Jr. is endorsing Crist:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/13/1871143/robert-kennedy-jr-to-endorse-crist.html

JohnTant on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Robert F Kennedy Jr. is endorsing Crist:

JohnTant on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM

If that’s ‘it’, this has been a total waste of BW.

slickwillie2001 on October 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

HA!!

**Does the Rocky dance**

tree hugging sister on October 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

JohnTant on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Thanks for the info.

These “major announcement” non-announcements are starting to grow old.

A redesigned (and lame) logo and a non-shocking endorsement are not worth yanking people’s chain.

JadeNYU on October 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Well, wait a dang minute, there! I said it first!

tree hugging sister on October 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

The Florida Hispanic newsrag La Gaceta is endorsing Crist over Rubio, says Rubio has turned his back on his “Hispanic family” (meaning he has left the plantation).

sandspur on October 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Robert F Kennedy Jr. is endorsing Crist:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/13/1871143/robert-kennedy-jr-to-endorse-crist.html

JohnTant on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM

So… pressure off.

jarodea on October 13, 2010 at 11:11 AM

JohnTant on October 13, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Thanks for the information and yet I remain unmoved.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I feel cheated.

scrubjay on October 13, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Isn’t it a Kennedy family tradition to turn your back on Cubans and their families.

meci on October 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Isn’t it a Kennedy family tradition to turn your back on Cubans and their families.
meci on October 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

That’l leave a mark!

barnone on October 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

He would have done better with a new logo design!

tims472 on October 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Everlasting gobstoppers aren’t everlasting!

mankai on October 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

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