Former Florida governor Charlie Crist said late Friday night that he is now a Democrat.
The Republican governor-turned independent Senate candidate's move was widely anticipated, especially in advance of a potential 2014 run for his old office. Crist endorsed President Obama for reelection this year and has aligned with Democrats over the last two years.
As his campaign seeks to re-establish itself in the top tier of the Republican presidential nomination fight, suggest that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hiring on a series of consultants who last worked together on the 2010 campaign of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Curt Anderson, a partner at OnMessage Inc. and Nelson Warfield will bulk up Perry’s media and advertising operation while Tony Fabrizio will help direct polling. (Mike Baselice, Perry’s longtime pollster, confirmed to the Fix that he will stay on board as well.)