Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced yesterday that he is leaving the Republican party to run for the Senate as an independent, after polls showed him losing ground to conservative Marco Rubio for weeks. In bolting from the GOP, Crist holds on to his fundamental, core principle - winning elections. Apparently, he could no longer take the heat from the younger Rubio, which is surprising considering he already withstood the napalm blast that charred his face. The governor will be returning a percentage of GOP campaign contributions to donors who want their money back, although he won't be able to reimburse them for what he's already given up of his dignity.
Crist is not the first politician to bolt his party to keep his electoral hopes alive. Following a loss in the primary, Joe Lieberman switched from being a Democrat to an independent, leading to not only victory, but also the systematic dismantling of his belief system, and senior Sen. Arlen Specter in his career has switched from The Tories to the The Whig Party, Whig to Republican, and then Republican to Democrat, but only because the Constitutional Union Party had been abolished in 1860.
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