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Could A Charlie Crist Run Be Florida GOP Secret Weapon?

Republicans have known for awhile now that Charlie Crist would likely make the switch to the Democratic Party, and the former Republican Governor did so late Friday evening. Now, many are saying the move reaffirms speculation that Crist plans to run against Governor Rick Scott in 2014 to lead the state again.

Republican Party of Florida spokesman Brian Burgess says the party isn’t surprised Crist made the switch, and he says if Democrats want a self-proclaimed “Ronald Reagan Republican” masquerading as a Democrat as their contender in the 2014 gubernatorial race, then they should pick him.

“Anytime, a guy like that wants to go in there and change the Democratic Party from within, we think that’s great," said Burgess.

So, does that make Crist their Secret weapon?

“I think that’s up to be the Democrats to decide who their standard bearer should be," said Burgess, laughing. "And, if the Democrats think a Ronald Regan Republican should be their standard bearer, then I think that’s great.”

For more than two years, Crist has been registered as having no party affiliation until late Friday, when he announced his party switch via Twitter at a White House Christmas Party with President Barack Obama.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.