Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses Barack Obama, Set to Speak at Democratic Convention

Charlie Crist

Florida’s former GOP Governor then turned independent Charlie Crist has recently announced his endorsement of president Obama for the 2012 elections.

“An element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people,” wrote Crist in an op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times last Sunday.

“The truth is that the [Republican] party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.”

And he goes on:

“President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes,” Crist wrote. “That's what makes him the right leader for our times, and that's why I'm proud to stand with him today.”

(Read Crist’s full op-ed letter)

To top it off, he has also confirmed that he’ll be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, CNN reports.

After so many changes, what will be next for the former governor? Finally coming out as gay perhaps?

Crist has been fighting off gay rumors for years. This past June,  the former governor of Florida was accused of paying two men to hide gay affairs.

In 2009, Crist was the subject of a documentary called "Outrage," which purports politicians who are not out and are against LGBT rights.

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