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DGA Gives Crist a Big Wet Kiss

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December 9, 2012

The Democratic Governors Association isn't ready to jump in bed with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, but they're sure happy he's on their side.

Crist, the Republican-turned-independent, said on Twitter Friday night he will register as a Democrat. It's the latest step in what most assume will be Crist's bid to win his new party's gubernatorial nomination in 2014.

And while the DGA is formally keeping its powder dry, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin -- the group's new chairman -- had good things to say about Crist. In an interview on C-SPAN's Newsmakers program on Sunday morning, Shumlin said Crist is "high on the list" of likely Democratic candidates.

"He's an incredibly capable leader. Now, I want to be clear, as DGA chair, we don't take sides before we know that we have one single candidate as opposed to a primary. But having said that, everybody knows he was a great governor. He led Florida with tremendous vision," Shumlin said. "If he's a candidate, we would welcome him to the club."

Pretty close to a Democratic endorsement of a guy who used to call himself a Reagan Republican (Check out the Florida Republican Party's long file of Crist's past statements and flip-flops here).

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