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Crist welcomed in Democratic stronghold

More than 800 people packed the clubhouse at the Kings Point retirement community in Tamarac -- a  bastion of Democratic party politics  -- to see Republican Gov. Charlie Crist this afternoon.

"It was unbelievable,'' Tamarac Vice Mayor Marc Sultanoff said of the standing-room only crowd. "There were standing ovations three or four times. He knew he was in the middle of a strong Democratic place, and he still felt at home."

Sultanoff, who leads the King Point Democratic Club, said Crist talked about his trip to Israel with U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, oil drilling off Florida's coast, hurricane insurance and property taxes. Many of Broward's elected Democrats, including Clerk of Courts Howard Forman, Sheriff Ken Jenne, State Attorney Mike Satz, and state Sen. Jeremy Ring, came to bask in the glow of Crist's 70-plus approval rating.

By adopting part of the Democratic agenda and reaching out to party leaders, Crist is making it tough for Democrats to run a challenger against him in 2010. Lately, he's been getting more flak from one of the leaders of his own party, House Speaker Marco Rubio.

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steph

My mother was there. What amazed me is that she was part of a group of 50 playing cards across the hall and only 5 from the 50 quit playing an hour early to see the Governor. I know they didn't vote for him but still that was pathetic. Picking a weekly card game over a one time visit from a bunch of politicians; well maybe they weren't so crazy after all.

Nostrodamus

Desperate democratic politicians in trouble looking for help from...a republican Governor no less. Meanwhile the Republicans are suspect of Crist's alliances and are planning to run Rubio in 2010 against him if he doesn't shape up soon.Time will tell.

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