Charlie Crist lost the summer.
The Democrat started his campaign in the fall with a bang, a double-digit lead in some polls. That margin has whimpered into a tie with Gov. Rick Scott, a result of the Republican’s mammoth ad campaign ($20 million since spring!).
But Democrats are privately grumbling that Crist, too, bears some blame. His campaign is buzzless to many Democrats.
Were it not for Scott’s self-inflicted wounds and likeability problems, Crist would look doomed right now and Democrats would be in full-blown panic mode at the beginning of August.
Instead they’re just nervous. Just like Republicans are about Scott.
“There’s worry,” says a top South Florida Democratic fundraiser and Crist supporter. “There’s not much excitement right now with Charlie.”
Blame three major missteps: