"President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That's what makes him the right leader for our times, and that's why I'm proud to stand with him today."
-- Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida shifts gears, giving his endorsement in the Tampa Bay Times to President Barack Obama, a Democrat, after getting grief from Republican Party officials statewide for supporting the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, better known as the stimulus. It's alleged Florida's GOP leadership blackmailed Crist, a moderate Republican, into performing favors for the party's far-right members by leaking details about Crist's gay affairs.