Charlie Crist Is No Friend to African-Americans in Florida

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad.

The Democratic Party in Florida is such a joke that its best candidate for governor is a flip-flopping clown. Charlie Crist has been busy reinventing himself as a liberal, but it's not fooling voters. Last week, a mysterious political group aired ads on black radio stations accusing Crist of disproportionately harming African-Americans by siding with gun rights groups and imposing harsh sentencing and drug policies.

The spots exaggerate Crist's record, but he certainly wasn't helping black people when he was a legislator, education commissioner, and governor. In 1998, when he was a legislator, Crist fought a proposal by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles based on the Brady Law that would have instituted national gun controls. The measure died in committee. "Unfortunately, we're in a state that's number one in violent crime in America," Crist said at the time. "And for us to make moves that would disarm our law-abiding citizens would be inappropriate."

During his tenure as state education commissioner from 2001 to 2003, Crist implemented then-Gov. Jeb Bush's A+ Plan, which paved the way for standardized testing at public schools, student vouchers, and charter schools. Oh, and while he was attorney general, he once went by the nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" for his successful efforts to bring back the public humiliation of chain gangs.

The Democratic Party is foolish to believe Crist will persuade African-Americans to vote for him. But picking him is exactly why Democrats have no real power in Florida. The only person willing to challenge the status quo is Nan Rich, the 72-year-old former state senator.

Where are the fresh faces of the Democratic Party? It killed Kendrick Meek's chances when it abandoned him during the 2010 U.S. Senate race in favor of Charlie the chameleon, who was running as an independent against eventual winner Marco Rubio. Meek was a promising African-American Democrat in his 30s, and liberals of every color would have rallied around him had he gotten the support he deserved.

Instead, Florida Democrats are proving they are no different from the Grand Old Party. African-Americans and minorities who identify as Democrats need to follow the Tea Party's lead. Let's create the Hip-Hop Party. It's time to get radical.

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37 comments
William Cutt
William Cutt

Too late his personal wealth already skyrocketed (Rick Scott)

Deborah Bolden
Deborah Bolden

As an African-American, if it is between Crist and Rick Scott, I will not vote for Rick Scott. No Way.

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

He likes the gay African Americans!!!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, folks, I don't always see eye to eye with Uncle Luke, but I agree with him on this one. I'll take Scott over Crist any day of the year. When we all look at Crist, its hard not to immediately conjure up images of a rich white guy playboy in a blue captain's jacket cruising down the intracoastal on his 40 ft Hatteras with a couple of Brazilian babes in yellow thongs sunning on the foredeck, and a cold mojito in his hands as he drives the boat. Please name ONE thing this guy did for Florida when he WAS governor? Just one? And while you are it, please tell us what qualifications he has to BE governor? Brains? Creativity? Innovation? LOL

SethPlatt
SethPlatt topcommenter

Does anyone care what this fool says anymore?

José Manuel
José Manuel

Even if he was right, what's our other option Rick Scott?? I rather take Crist and hope for a better candidate next time, but we need to get Scott out no matter what.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Sooo who r u gonna vote for Rick Scott? Lol

Kevin Jaggers
Kevin Jaggers

If Luke is good at predicting what voters want maybe he should have gotten more of the vote, when he placed fourth, running for mayor.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

I met Dr. Farid Khavari, a real economist. I was very impressed with his knowledge and views. He's not a true political douche. Vote Khavari!

Susan Werb
Susan Werb

Trapped by fallacy of false dilemma. Vote for Khavarti or Rich. Turnout is always so low, a 3rd party has a chance with motivated voters.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Democrats are foolish to put this guy up. We'd probably sooner vote for Uncle Luke, who's probably better suited for the role than these two...Crist is still better than Scott though. Shit Sandwich or Giant Douche. These are our choices for governor.

Camilo Jaime
Camilo Jaime

Democrats are foolish for even considering Luther Campbell or Uncle Luke" a reliable source of what is right or wrong with this country.

Andrea Feig Huffman
Andrea Feig Huffman

Why isn't the media screaming about Crist's refusal to debate Nan Rich? She is a true, viable democratic candidate.

Franky65
Franky65

Really a Hip Hop Party? No thanks. I will just pick the lesser of two evils. 

Rachel Toro
Rachel Toro

Great choice Florida, a turncoat or Lord Voldemort.....smh

Ruben Saldana
Ruben Saldana

I was in prison when he was voted in... He did NOT enforce that " Chain Gang " crap and actually let the prison system run itself ( which no doubt could also b scary)

Rachel Goldberg
Rachel Goldberg

Idiotic statement Luke: "Democrats need to follow the Tea Party's lead." puke

Manuel Moreno
Manuel Moreno

Hot damn! Smartest thing Luther Campbell has ever said...

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

Sign for third partie and less government

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