Former Gov. Crist to speak to Democrats in Rick Scott's hometown

Crist to speak Saturday in Scott's hometown of Naples

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Gov. Charlie Crist is speaking to Democrats in Gov. Rick Scott's hometown of Naples on Saturday. Later that night, the former GOP governor will attend a Democratic fundraiser and gala on the East Coast.

The Republican Party of Florida has begun taking daily shots at the former Republican turned Democrat governor.

Each day, RPOF has released something that Crist said on that day.

"This man Bob Graham was a giant," Crist said.

The missives are proof the GOP is taking Crist's potential run for his old job, this time as a Democrat, seriously.

"We just feel like Floridians ought to know who Charlie Crist is," said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry. "There is a history there and there is a record there."

The man Crist would face is Scott, who never utters the former governor's name. But Scott regularly points out differences in the economy from when Crist was governor.

"Two years ago, we met facing crippling debt, record high unemployment and a downward spiral of job losses," Scott said.

Unclear is whether the GOP wants Crist to run or not.

"The record is actually a record of failure," Curry said.

Democratic strategist said the constant reminders will only help Crist among Democrats.

"He's got questions that he needs to answer from when he was a Republican governor but that should come from democrats," said Former Democratic Party Executive Director Screven Watson. "The Republican Party attacking Charlie Crist only strengthens him in the Democratic Party."

No one has ever been governor and then left then run again let alone be successful at it from another party. The republicans are spending thousands of dollars to make sure Crist doesn't make that history.

Crist has said in the past that if he were to run for governor again, the race would be about the future not the past.

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