Since he left the Republican party to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Charlie Crist has been increasingly -- and successfully -- making overtures to Democrats. Today's official schedule suggests a full-court press. He went to Century Village in Deerfield Beach -- a mother lode of Democratic voters -- for the ceremonial signing of a condo-related bill that he actually signed 23 days ago. He also attended a hurricane preparedness seminar in Kings Point in Delray Beach, another heavily Democratic retirement community. "I'm for all the people,'' Crist said, when asked about his itinerary.
Eileen Berman, pictured left, was among many Century Village Democrats who told the governor he had their support. Asked if he was using his public office to promote his political campaign, Crist said, "I'm using the authority of the governor's office to let people know about good legislation that passed on their behalf.''
Known for always managing to conveniently schedule public and political events in the same location, Crist has a campaign fundraiser tonight in Parkland. That's why he flew commercial to South Florida today from Pensacola and paid for the ticket himself, said spokesman Sterling Ivey. "I understand he is personally paying to ensure there is no conflict between his state and campaign activities.'' Ivey said.