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Charlie Crist to John Morgan: Run for Florida governor

@PatriciaMazzei

Former Florida governor-turned-congressman Charlie Crist wants John Morgan to run for his old job next year.

Crist told MIami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 that he thinks Morgan -- his old boss -- would win if he seeks the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

"Run. I told him, I said if you run I think you’ll win," Crist said of a conversation last week with Morgan.

Here's a transcript of Crist's interview with "Facing South Florida" with Jim DeFede:

DEFEDE: Your friend John Morgan has talked about possibly running. Do you think he would make a good governor? 

CRIST: I do. I do. I love John Morgan. Not only is he my friend, my lifelong friend now, but he is my former law partner. And I have gotten to know him so much better over the last five years than I did before. He has a great sense of humor. He’s no holds barred. He has a self-assuredness about him that few people do have. And he has a heart of gold. And that’s the most important thing about a good leader. That they lead with heart. It’s good to be smart. It’s good to listen. But if you don’t have the good heart to start with you can’t be a great leader. He has a great heart. He could be a great governor. 

DEFEDE: Are you encouraging him to run? 

CRIST: I just did yesterday [April 16]. 

DEFEDE: Did you really? 

CRIST: Yeah, why not? 

DEFEDE: What did you tell him? 

CRIST: Run. I told him, I said if you run I think you’ll win. And I believe that. And if he doesn’t run, that’s his decision. You know, only each of us can make that kind of a decision. That’s a big deal decision. So if he decides not to I’ll understand that too and wish him the best. I love him.

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