Here's an open letter to Crist from Cindy Graves, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women: :
"The proverb: "Hell Hath no Fury Like a Woman Scorned" (William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, 1697) originates from a tale of injustice and deceit and seems especially appropriate today. With that in mind, most Republican women will look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail in a whole new light.
"The good members of The Florida Federation of Republican Women collectively spent hundreds of thousands of hours rallying voters to elect you in what we hoped would be a successful two-term run as our Republican governor. Since then, Republicans have watched the slow unraveling of the Crist myth occasionally stymied by your affable charm and the heavy-handed tactics of the Greer/Crist PR machine.
"Within two years of your election, even adamant supporters began to develop misgivings about your leadership. Those uncertainties have morphed into outrage mixed with a peculiar sense of gratitude on this day. No doubt, most Republicans will now thank you for your defection as most have felt honor bound by Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment in regard to you. Independent voters are a savvy and a highly principled group. I doubt they will be swayed by your new campaign as the 'people's candidate'.
"The lack of integrity you have shown is astounding and has only become more aggressive since the first hint of it in 2008.