There’s at least one Democrat who wants Barack Obama to help out his campaign, and here’s why he may regret it

Charlie Crist is bucking the trend. While most Democrats running competitive races in purple and red states don’t want to come anywhere near President Barack Obama and his administration, Crist, who is running for governor of Florida as a Democrat, isn’t exactly shying away:

While some high-profile Democrats are distancing themselves from President Obama on the campaign trial, Florida gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist isn’t one of them.

When asked Tuesday if would welcome the president’s campaign help, Crist responded, “I hope so,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“I hope everybody does,” said the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat.

It’s almost like Crist hasn’t learned from that ill-advised hug he gave President Obama in 2009 when the commander-in-chief visited Florida to promote the stimulus bill. Crist was a Republican governor at the time who was also seeking the state’s open Senate seat.

The hug Crist shared with President Obama as well as his general squishiness on issues turned out to be a boon for Marco Rubio. Crist left the Republican Party and became an independent, though one seeking Democrat support. Rubio won the race. Crist decided that he’d give electoral politics another go, this time as a full-fledged Democrat.

But Crist’s latest run has been marred by the perception that he’ll do and say anything to hold elected office. Although he once held a consistent lead, recent polls show Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) pulling ahead of Crist.

What’s more, invoking President Obama in Florida may be a big risk. Why? Well, in June, Public Policy Polling found that his approval rating was at 41 percent. Fifty-three percent disapproved of his job performance. In fact, with the exception of Rasmussen, polls out of Florida have consistently found President Obama’s approval rating underwater since the beginning of the summer.

So, a couple of takeaways. First, the perception that Crist will do and say anything to hold elected office is absolutely correct. Second, he’s not very politically keen, because no one in their right mind would want to be seen on stage with President Obama.


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