BY SAM FIELDS
With Gov. Charlie Crist’s decision to run as an Independent, I am now one of hundreds of thousands of Florida Democrats who are now not sure how they will vote in November.
Democrats like me– not Teabaggers – will decide who will be Florida’s next U.S. Senator.
Along with being Democrats, we are charter members of the A.B.M. CLUB — Anybody But Marco. We will vote for the candidate that we believe will be able to beat Marco Rubio.
The latest pole has it 38% Charlie Crist, 34% Marco Rubio, 17% Kendrick Meek and 11% undecided.
I suspect those numbers will fluctuate between now and October, when the 11 Percenters like myself will start to make their decision.
Nothing would shore up the election more for Crist than Meek dropping out of the race. The 11% along with the lion’s share of the Meek vote would go to Crist.
Enter the key player–President Barack Obama.
He is the only person who could arm twist Meek to drop out of the race without upsetting Florida’s Black voters.
The best thing Crist has to trade is to promise Obama not caucus with the Republicans once elected. With the Democrats certain to lose some seats in the Senate, that promise could decide who controls the Senate in 2011.