Monday, November 4, 2013

What to do about Charlie?


← This crazy guy has got to go!

This guy is in the closet and dangerous. →
Florida is one of the nuttiest states in the Union. Our "A to Z" is represented by Casey Anthony to George Zimmerman. After sugarcane, Florida's 2nd-largest field crop is peanuts. Figures.

By all accounts our current governor, Rick Scott, should be in the federal slammer for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies, all of which occurred during Scott's tenure as CEO. The company agreed to a fine of over $600 million — the largest fraud settlement in US history.  Scott had to spend more than $50 million of his own money to become governor. What we got was a Tea Party crazy whose social issue positions are aligned with Family Research Council.

At least Charlie Crist was marginally sane. Nevertheless, closeted gays (and Crist is a closeted gay man) often take anti-gay positions as a shield. It was an exquisite irony that the film "Outrage" won the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival's Best Documentary award.

Crist supported efforts to ban marriage equality in Florida. He also supported the ban on adoption by gay couples. In 2010 he claimed that he no longer supported the adoption ban. Last May, Charlie reversed himself and posted the following to his facebook page:
Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.
Charlie needs to explain how he came to celebrate marriage equality. Otherwise he is just the Democratic version of Mitt Romney, a man without any real core. Charlie is probably going to be the choice and I suspect that Charlie will win. To do so, he is going to need the active support of the LGBT and progressive communities. Rick Scott won with less that 50% of the vote and he beat Alex Sink by less than 1%. Turnout might have made the difference for Sink. Something that Charlie needs to think about.

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