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Former Wexler advisor working for Crist

In another sign that Gov. Charlie Crist is targeting Democrats in his independent bid for the U.S. Senate, he has hired former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's chief of staff, Eric Johnson.

The move is bound to fuel speculation that Wexler will campaign on Crist's behalf in South Florida, where he remains popular in his heavily Democratic district in nothern Broward and southern Palm Beach counties. Wexler and Crist are close allies, but the ex-congressman's potential involvement in a campaign is complicated by his position leading a non-partisan think tank promoting peace in the Middle East.

Johnson's title will be South Florida political advisor. Crist introduced him at a campaign event today in Little Havana.