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article imageCould Florida Gov. Crist be the new face of the Republican Party?

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By Carol Forsloff     May 12, 2009 in Politics
Governor Charlie Crist of Florida has announced he will be leaving the office of Governor in order to run for the Senate. Speculation is that other state officials will be doing likewise. Will he be the new face of the Republican Party?
Seen by the Republican Party as a new shining light, it may be that Crist will be able to well take on all comers. After all he has had a long streak of wins. He will be vying for the seat to be vacated by U.S. Senator Mel Martinez who is retiring.
Crist’s low key announcement was initiated with the following comment: ''Here in Florida, we've shown that when we put people first and work together, much can be accomplished, and I intend to bring that same approach to Washington,'' Crist said. ``That is why, after thoughtful.”
In 2010 Florida will have as many as five statewide contests, so it’s likely to be an interesting season that year to see what happens in this high profile state. This will be Crist’s fifth run for statewide office. He has been state senator, deputy secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, education commissioner and attorney general. He has only lost one race for public office in Florida, when he ran against Democrat Bob Graham for the U.S. Senate in 1998.
Within minutes after Crist's news release, the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him over former House Speaker Marco Rubio. I Reports say this is rare for a national political party to intervene this quickly. But Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Chairman of the NRSC was quick to do so.
So what will be Crist's future? According to Fox news the game plan is Crist setting himself up for a run for a presidential run in 2012.
The question is now: Will Crist become the new face of the Republican Party? Will he take over from Sarah Palin, who is said to be dropping in popularity polls? Will Rush Limbaugh get out of the way and embrace the face of Crist? Will Crist be the Messiah that Republicans have claimed Barack Obama has been for the Democrats?
These are new questions that only time will tell, but the announcement today reveals the game may change with Crist's new move..
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