While the RPOF obsession with Charlie Crist is proving more and more maniacal by the day, the continued focus on the upcoming Jim Greer trial cannot be good news for the former Governor. The Republican Party seems determined to weaken Crist long before a potential Democratic Gubernatorial primary and potentially make Jim Greer’s transgressions a problem for Crist and the Democrats.
The Republicans themselves have a lot to fear from the Greer trial. A number of Republican party figures as well as prominent elected officials have been linked to the Greer scandal. But the sensational figure that has the most to lose in the trial is Charlie Crist. The RPOF’s continued focus on all things Crist and Greer means that we cannot possibly know whether Governor Crist is a viable candidate for election until the trial concludes.
This is the unfortunate reality of this case. It is entirely possible if not likely that Crist will escape the trial without any substantial political damage and will emerge as a viable contender to defeat Rick Scott or Marco Rubio in the next two election cycles. But on the small chance that Crist is directly linked to the impropriety of the RPOF during the tenure of his hand chosen party chair, most Democrats should keep their powder dry for now.
Charlie Crist has yet to commit to the Democratic Party. This may prove to be a good thing for the party if the Greer trial goes badly. At the same time, a Crist candidacy seems to be striking fear in the hearts of the GOP, otherwise they would not be working so hard to try and undermine him before the campaign really begins.
The bottom line is that Crist’s campaign cannot really kick off until after the Greer trial concludes and that may create a window of opportunity for other potential Democrats to come out of the gates quickly. Or perhaps it will freeze the race until Crist’s intentions and innocence is established. Either way, when Charlie Crist is involved, we never have a dull moment.