Reliable sources informed me today that embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whose early lead in his US Senate Republican primary race against former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio has essentially reversed itself in the polls, is preparing to announce sooner rather than later that he will leave the GOP and continue his run for Senate as an independent.
Leaving Marco Rubio to surround himself with an crazier GOP base (and a few Internal Revenue agents). With his Party credit card being put on hold, I understand that Rubio is attempting to buy Crist off the new/old fangled, Republican-way -- and that's going to take a KFC-sized load of chickens (maybe a few of those new non-sandwiches too).
Maybe Kendrick Meek will toss in a few to help Charlie fly the coop?
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[cross-posted at Firedoglake]