Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist tweeted that he was "Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President" last night along with a photo holding up his new voter registration. Crist had made a failed attempt for the U.S. Senate against then Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio in 2010.
For some time while still Florida Governor, conservatives were questioning whether Crist was acting more like a liberal Democrat rather than a "Ronald Regan Republican" as Crist had maintained during his run for Florida Governor.
Crist had endorsed the High Speed Rail Project for Florida that was supported by the Obama administration but loathed as a tax and spend wasteful project by Florida conservative Republicans.
When responding to a question over his $1 a pack tax increase on cigarettes three years ago as Governor, Crist infamously quoted Ronald Reagan by saying, "If you want to kill it, tax it." Whether Governor Crist meant killing the use of tobacco or his own political career by that statement remained unclear, but kept the political jokes about Crist alive during his Senatorial bid.