Even as Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater refrained from speculating on the political plans of former Gov. Charlie Crist, he wasn't shy to criticize Crist's switch from Republican to Democrat.
"I'm not surprised by it," Atwater said with a laugh. "He's been a Republican, he's been an Independent, he's now a Democrat in what's probably a 48-month period. I don't know what's left, maybe there are some other parties out there that would like his participation and might start soliciting."
Atwater, who was Senate president when Crist was governor, also jabbed at Crist for flip-flopping when he held elected office and for passing the buck on tough decisions. Crist is widely believed to be positioning himself to run as a Democrat against Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.
Atwater also praised Scott for his announcement that Citizens Property Insurance should hire an inspector general to investigate claims of misconduct within the company. Four Citizens investigators were fired as they upturned signs lavish spending and improper management.
"The management embarrassment there has got to come to an end," Atwater said. "The people of Florida have to know this is a place that seriously safeguards the insurance responsibilities they have and can manage it."