TURNCOAT

Crist to Speak at DNC

If former Florida Republican governor Charlie Crist had any friends in the GOP, he likely lost the last of them today. Crist is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C., after publishing an effusive endorsement of President Obama Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times. Crist became an independent to seek a U.S. Senate seat, after it seemed inevitable that he would lose the GOP primary to Marco Rubio, who won the three-way race in 2010. Needless to say, his endorsement of Obama has inspired some tart remarks from other Republicans, including the chairman of the Florida Republican Party, who called the move “a repugnant display from a self-centered, career politician.”