Political Showdown
12:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters

Protestors at Crist book signing.
Protestors at Crist book signing.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Former Republican governor Charlie Crist was greeted by protesters at Books and Books in Miami Beach, where Crist was to sign copies of his new autobiography, "The Party's Over." 

Apparently, the criticism he faces after switching political parties is just getting started.

Protesters waved signs bearing glued-on flip flops, a criticism of his move from the Republican to the Democratic party. Lenny Curry is the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He says Crist supporters need to realize why he left the party in the first place.   "When Charlie was governor and Florida most needed leadership, when we were bleeding jobs, and we needed someone who just cared about the citizens of the state, he ran away from the state," Curry says. "[Crist] tried to run for the U.S. Senate as a very conservative Republican and he lost. He is trying to reinvent himself as a democrat." Crist supporters were not in short supply either. Jose Archila stood in line to get his copy of Crist’s book signed. He says he admires the former governor for switching parties. "He was able to change his views, and not just be a mindless person who just follows the views of his party," Archila says.  

Crist with his autobiography.
Crist with his autobiography.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Crist says he is ready for the challenges that await him in his second run for governor of Florida. He says he switched to the Democratic party because of Republican changes.

"What moved was not me," Crist says. "What moved was the leadership of the Republican Party. They went so far to the right that Jeb Bush himself even says the party is perceived as being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay couples, anti-immigration, anti-education, anti-everything you can think of." Crist will continue his book tour through South Florida this week with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.